West Midlands: delegated decisions February 2019

Schedule of Decisions under delegated powers to Head of HLF West Midlands on 12 February 2019


Grants for Places of Worship

High Level Roof and Fabric Repairs

A nine month project to undertake urgent repairs to the at risk Grade II Holy Trinity church, alongside a programme of new activities.

Applicant: PCC Holy Trinity Church Leamington Spa

Decision: Award Grant of £191,600 (42%)


First World War: then and now

Division of Land

A 10 month project focussing on allotments during the First World War following the Defence of the Realm Act where the government requisitioned land for growing food.

Applicant: New Leaf Sustainable Development Ltd

Decision: Award Grant of £10,000 (90%)


Sharing Heritage

Our Old Rep

Six month project engaging 40 young people to research the heritage of Birmingham's Old Rep theatre, creating a new performance and digital outputs.

Applicant: Birmingham Ormiston Academy Theatre Limited

Decision: Award Grant of £8,300 (81%)

Oral History of Coal Mining

This project will explore the experiences of miners, their families and community with the former local coal-mining industry.

Applicant: Brereton and Ravenhill Heritage Committee

Decision: Award Grant of £4,600 (100%)

The Wolverhampton Way

The applicant will visit five Wolverhampton landmarks with their young members over 10 months, to record oral histories for podcasts.

Applicant: The Way Youth Zone

Decision: Reject

The Show Must Go On

Ten young people will explore and learn about the heritage of performance, music and theatre.

Applicant: AIM Academy

Decision: Reject

25th Anniversary Celebrations

Members will research traditions/culture, and contribute memories/stories, for anniversary project celebrating little-known, distinct, unique culture of Kodagu, south-west India.

Applicant: Kodagu Association UK

Decision: Award Grant of £10,000 (67%)

A New Immersive Interpretation

A 6 month project to improve the interpretation and access offer at the Visitor and Engagement Centre of the Severn Valley Railway.

Applicant: Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust

Decision: Reject

Cockney Curry House

Ten lecture/demonstrations and recipe-swops to explore South Indian food.

Applicant: Moving Souls Dance

Decision: Reject


Our Heritage

The Legacy of Bengali Tea

This project will examine the history of tea production, brewing, and trading between Bangladesh and Britain.

Applicant: New Hope, Birmingham

Decision: Reject

Finding Our Funny Roots

Project to research and celebrate the heritage of Black Country humour. Four different performance works and a film for a digital legacy will be produced.

Applicant: Black Country Together CIC

Decision: Award Grant of £32,000 (84%)

The Atherstone Hatters’ Celebration Garden

Project focuses on capital works to refurbish and upgrade infrastructure in Meadow Street Gardens to create an “outdoor museum” that will explore the hat making industry of Atherstone.

Applicant: North Warwickshire Borough Council

Decision: Reject

Rugeley’s WWII Childhood Memories

This 11 month project aims to explore childhood experiences during WW2 in the previous coal mining market town of Rugeley.

Applicant: Rugeley Town Council

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


Resilient Heritage

From Clay to Treasure

The Spode Museum Trust (SMT) are looking to plan a sustainable future of the significant Spode collection in its care, on the former Spode Works site with an aim to provide long-term public access. They currently run a small visitor centre on the former factory site, displaying a fraction of the famous blue room collection.

Applicant: SMT Trustees Limited

Decision: Reject


Young Roots

Growing Together

The project will engage 12 young people to explore the history and heritage of youth work in Birmingham. It will focus on the period since 1900 to the present day and the Birmingham Association of Youth Work (BAYC) will provide support as the heritage partner.

Applicant: ViewfinderUK CIC

Decision: Award Grant of £23,500 (97%)