England, North: delegated decisions December 2019

Schedule of Decisions under delegated powers to England, The North on 18 December 2019

National Lottery Grants for Heritage £3,000 - £10,000


Opera Stories of Leeds

Applicant: Northern Opera Group

Project description: Deliver a touring exhibition, community events, talks and performances exploring the rich history of Opera in Leeds from the 1700s to the present. Using archival research and collecting oral-history stories.

Decision: Award Grant of £9,400 (87%)


The Royal Way and Cowick Royal Manor

Applicant: The Vale of Snaith Action Group

Project description: Bring an important historic site to life by installing an observation platform. Creating The Royal Way, which will be a section of The Transpennine Trail, leading to the site of The Kings Manor House.

Decision: Reject


Greenwoods Museum Development

Applicant: Sue Baker

Project description: Make a pawnbroker’s book more accessible to local people by photographing each page and transcribing into Excel format. The information will be made available in the museum and online.

Decision: Reject


Organisational Resilience

Applicant: Elizabeth Love Trust

Project description: Trustees and volunteers will develop organisation resilience including governance, partnership working, skills development, funding and sustainability.

Decision: Award Grant of £10,000 (100%)


Walney Meetings

Applicant: Art Gene Limited

Project description: Engage a wider range of people with the industrial, maritime, natural and cultural heritage of the historic sea channel and low tide ‘Meetings’ crossing between Walney Island and Barrow's mainland.

Decision: Award Grant of £9,800 (83%)


Bal Shem Tov Hasidic Heritage

Applicant: Beis Menachem

Project description: Bal Shem Tov storytelling, song, dance, food and dress. The project will include school visits.

Decision: Award Grant of £10,000 (100%)


Victory in Maghull

Applicant: Summerhill Primary School

Project description: Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day and capture the memories of those who took part in the original celebrations. Stories and memories will be compiled in a booklet which will be distributed across the area, reaching at least 1500 homes.

Decision: Award Grant of £10,000 (98%)


Story Telling

Applicant: Salford Community Education Support Centre

Project description: Capture the stories of asylum seekers and refugees from African countries living in the Salford area who went through trauma and atrocities from civil wars in their countries of origin.

Decision: Award Grant of £10,000 (100%)


See the World Differently

Applicant: Kingsway Park High School

Project description: Publish a book containing stories, poems, recipes and illustrations showing how and why people from across the world came to live in Rochdale. Launch and distribute the book through a community event.

Decision: Reject


150 years of Milnrow Brass Band

Applicant: Milnrow Brass Band

Project description: Celebrate the 150 year anniversary of Milnrow Brass Band, from its humble beginnings as St Stephen's Church Band in 1869, to ranking among the top 20 bands in the world in the 2010s. Series of activities, concerts, training, recordings and exhibitions.

Decision: Award Grant of £9,900 (94%)


51 Crescent

Applicant: DIY Theatre CIC

Project description: 12 researchers with learning disabilities will research the history of 51 Crescent, now the Working Class Movement Library, when it was a hostel for people with learning disabilities (1957 – 1986). The team will interview people with experience of living and working in the building during this period and use drama and film to share their research.

Decision: Award Grant of £9,900 (84%)


Forest Visit Programme

Applicant: Parkview Nursery School

Project description: Take children in small groups on visits to a local woodland to experience the natural environment and learn about the different plants and animals that live there. 

Decision: Reject


History of the Royal Naval Reserve Officers' Club, Liverpool for our Centenary

Applicant: Royal Naval Reserve Officers' Club, Liverpool

Project description: Research the history of the club and, in particular, all the past presidents since the club’s formation in 1921. Working with the Hoylake and West Kirby Sea Cadets, club members, families of past presidents, a local veterans group, local museums, schools and the wider naval family (Royal and Merchant Navies).

Decision: Award Grant of £10,000 (94%)


Youth & Community Work Past & Present

Applicant: Your Edge North West

Project description: Produce a series of podcasts examining the differences in Youth Work in the 1970/80s and the present day in Liverpool. The podcast will contain discussion between young people, community members and professionals on particular topics including youth culture.

Decision: Reject


Court Hey Park Heritage Feasibility Study

Applicant: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Project description: Engage external heritage specialists to carry out a feasibility study, including conditions surveys, risk assessments and historical research. This will lead on to the development of an asset management plan for the site.

Decision: Award Grant of £10,000 (83%)



Applicant: Kate Jackson and collaborators CIC

Project description: Povide an accessible, secure and welcoming environment for groups of people to share their unique and interesting stories using dance theatre techniques. Performance and exhibition.

Decision: Reject


Trading Stations: How Hot Drinks Shape Our Lives - Engagement

Applicant: Manchester Art Gallery

Project description: An exhibition which aims to examine narratives around hot drinks and their trade, unravelling their often uncomfortable history. This will draw on the gallery's historic, modern and contemporary collections, displaying over 150 unique objects, and will draw on ideas that have come out of community curatorial sessions.

Decision: Award Grant of £9,800 (100%)


Healthy and Hearty Heritage

Applicant: Harlow Green Unite

Project description: Bring together young people from Harlow Green Primary school and older residents to preserve Gateshead social histories. The project will celebrate participants’ interests and experiences and unite the community through love of local food and traditions.

Decision: Reject


Tyneside Irish Brigade: Memories 1914-1918

Applicant: Tyneside Irish Cultural Society

Project description: Collect the history and memories of the Tyneside Irish Brigade. Produce a high-quality touring exhibition and accompanying booklet. Engage least-access audiences across the North East.

Decision: Award Grant of £10,000 (72%)


A Museum for the Prior Pursglove Archive

Applicant: Tees Valley Collaborative Trust

Project description: Prior Pursglove College is the custodian of an archive dating back to the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the reign of Henry VIII. This project seeks to create an appropriate site to display, store, maintain and digitise this archive for the community to enjoy in perpetuity.

Decision: Reject


National Lottery Grants for Heritage £10,000 - £100,000


Project Living Skies

Applicant: Spurn Bird Observatory Trust Ltd

Project description: Protect and sustain vulnerable fauna and flora so that it may be enjoyed by current and future generations of visitors to the Spurn Heritage Coast. Extend/improve existing habitats; public engagement and education.

Decision: Reject


Celebrating the past; Creating the future - 130 years of MYA

Applicant: Merseyside Youth Association Ltd

Project description: Research 13 decades of youthwork on Merseyside, contextualising this history through the lives of young people. Publish a book celebrating MYA's 130-year history. Create a musical theatre production and film based on oral histories and archived materials.

Decision: Award Grant of £32,600 (63%)


Community within communities - Our voices to be heard

Applicant: Sefton CVS

Project description: Engage, involve and celebrate Sefton’s people and places. Sefton’s designation as ‘Borough of Culture’ will provide the catalyst for a programme of activity.

Decision: Award Grant of £90,000 (100%)


Connecting Small Histories: Ensuring Sustainability in Jewish History Projects

Applicant: Jewish Small Communities Network

Project description: Record the footprint and heritage of the UK Jewish community where they are now small or non-extant; connect these to existing Jewish history and heritage projects and resources; foster exchange between communities through a dedicated Heritage Hub hosted by JSCN.

Decision: Award Grant of £73,200 (100%)


The Wire Factory

Applicant: Warrington Borough Council

Project description: Collecting oral histories, extending Warrington’s archives, interpreting and representing stories collected and engaging a range of new audiences. This will spark renewed interest in Warrington’s industrial past - focusing on the wire industry of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Decision: Award Grant of £45,300 (94%)


Re-discovering Vale Mill

Applicant: Global Grooves

Project description: 1,000 local people will explore the heritage of Vale Mill, Mossley, and the lives of the people who worked there. School & community workshops; research skills training; interviews and volunteer-led archive research. Create a fully accessible, well-equipped ‘community space’ for heritage activities.

Decision: Award Grant of £79,900 (44%)


East African Lives

Applicant: Crescent Community Radio

Project description: Focused on 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation Britons hailing originally from East Africa. Interview at least 30 individuals - audio, video and photo images - and share these stories across a range of social media platforms and community radio stations. Exhibition and celebration event.

Decision: Award Grant of £49,800 (100%)


There is Beauty in this Journey

Applicant: D6 Culture LTD

Project description: A capacity-building project supporting the heritage sector (including the National Trust and Hadrian’s Wall) and resettled migrant communities in the North East. It engages artists, heritage and cultural partners to shape a people-centred and process-based programme of activities to deepen our shared understanding of historic and contemporary migration.

Decision: Award Grant of £98,000 (59%)


Northern Stage at 50

Applicant: Mylife Productions 2013 CIC

Project description: Work with Northern Stage and Byker community centre to research and celebrate the impact that the organisation has had locally and nationally over the last 50 years. Recruit and film 50 oral histories from actors, directors, writers, audiences and staff. Make a 50-minute documentary film and create a short fictional film based on the heritage.

Decision: Award Grant of £53,600 (91%)