Louise Sutherland, Development Manager at Heritage Lottery Fund in the North West, tell us more about the successful projects in Barrow-in-Furness.
We’ve been more successful than we could have imagined with our #BarrowsHeritage microgrants pilot. Unbelievably so!
We’ve been able to support 20 amazing, local projects led by residents and organisations of Barrow. So, yes, we spent more than the initial £25,000 pot – in fact we spent £51,000!
Below are a list of projects we funded along with links and images to show their progress it date. Its super exciting and a real privilege to be a small part of making this happen.
We are planning to have further updates on the HLF website as part of our Online Community pages, the next one is coming up shortly and it will be available here https://www.hlf.org.uk/community
The “Drill Hall” Identity, Dalton Community Association
The Drill Hall, Dalton, will work with local schools and residents to research the different military organisations that have been housed there since its inception. People will learn about heritage and develop skills by visiting other military museums to research more about groups such as the Territorial Army, Home Guard, The Tufty Club and local Dance Groups. This will be shared through events, leaflets, Wikipedia page edits, exhibitions/displays in the Hall and social media
The House in the Park, Octopus Collective
This project focuses on the heritage of the Mawson designed Barrow Park, a 45 acre park constructed in 1908 and Grade II listed. The project will capture Oral Histories within three main themes/areas to create a short film, sharing stories and project progress via social media. Participants will learn about heritage and learn skills through capturing the OH and the creation of a film. The project builds on previous events held in the park’s bandstand, where the final events will be held.
Barrow’s Salty Yarn’s, Octopus Collective
This pilot project aims to explore the maritime heritage of Barrow-in-Furness through site visits, capturing of Oral Histories and events. Artists will work with local residents and a local historian to undertake community walks and generate content for storytelling sessions. A minimum of nine sessions will be open to local residents to learn about heritage, including visits to the Barrow Archives, OH Collection and Creative Film-making. The launch event will be at Roa Island Boat Club and project progress shared via the use of a blog.
BBC Countryfile came up to visit this project and hear more generally about work in the area. Amazing!
Ormsgill Quarry, The Friends of Ormsgill School
Friends of Ormsgill School (FOS) will work with their school children to explore and learn about the heritage of the nearby Quarry which is now an open green space. Pupils will work with partners to undertake bio-blitz/tree surveys to map the area and share their findings with the local community through the creation of a map and leaflet. The pupils will visit Barrow Archives, learning research skills and get involved in a final event for local people and their families. This pilot will be testing local interest for a further project.
The Stories Behind the Stones: the interesting tales told by gravestones, Barrow-in-Furness Civic and Local History Society
The project will create a free-to-access website focused on the cemetery heritage of Barrow and Dalton Cemeteries, bringing to life the names behind the graves. Once established, the website will allow users to plan their own walks in the cemeteries and learn more about the heritage and changing nature of gravestones over time. The website will be advertised though leaflets and talks/tours offered as part of the project.
Talking Histories, The Brathay Trust
Young people will collect and record Oral Histories from a wide range of Barrow residents, working with Signal Films to learn about heritage and learn skills through the creation of a film based on these stories. The project aims to be intergenerational, working with the local BAME communities. The film will be available on both the Trust and Signal Film websites and be used in community cohesion activities after the project ends. Project outputs will be launched at an event organised by the young people.
Exploring the Heritage of Barrow-in-Furness, Barrow-in-Furness Civic and Local History Society
The Barrow Civic and Local History Society will install six plaques on buildings with local heritage importance. The Society will work with the local council to secure permissions and maintain the plaques. A printed trail will be created and a launch event will involve local press and radio. The trail will be showcased at Heritage Open Days and feature on the Society website. Through the plaques, trail and events, people will learn more about the built environment and there is the potential to engage a wider range of people in the stories of Barrow.
“OUT in Furness” Drop Zone Youth Project
Working with local Friends and Supporters of Furness LGBT Community with training from Signal Film, young people who identify as LGBT will collect Oral Histories and learn new digital and exhibition skills. The participants will learn more about local social history and LGBT legislation through these Oral Histories and attendance at the UR Potential YouthFest. These Oral Histories will form the basis of an exhibition and will tour several local venues challenging perceptions and stereotypes.
Garden Project, Friends of Askam Station
Working with 2 local schools, the Friends of Askam Station will create new interpretation and display areas to bring to life the heritage of the area, both industrial and natural, and its relationship with the station. The school children will take part in sessions at the station to learn more about its Industrial Past. Alongside researched information panels a new seating area will be installed so that visitors can take in the views of the natural landscape from the station.
Barrow’s Shipyard Women of WW2
Building on an existing website, the project will capture more oral histories and stories to bring to life the hidden histories of the women who worked in Barrow Shipyards during World War Two. These will be added to the existing website, made freely accessible and supplemented with a touring exhibition and information leaflet where people can learn more about the heritage.
Barrow Bellringing Heritage and Public Engagement and Access, PCC of St James’ Bellringing Fund
Building on a previously successful HLF project, these activities will add value and increase access to the heritage of St James Church and its Bells. The handrail will allow greater physical access to the bells for heritage visitors and professional bellringers. The updated leaflets, photobooks, plaques and open days will improve the offer to visitors and the new simulator will enable both bellringers and the visiting public to learn about heritage and learn new skills. There is also a strong link with Armistice Centenary Ringing in 2018 raising the profile of the project further
There has been some great press stories for this project, both on the BBC Website and in the local paper, The Mail.
This project even got mentioned on an episode of Have I Got News For You!
Around the Bandstand, Friends of Artspace
This project will focus on the Bandstand in Barrow Park, a site for events and activities for over 110 years. Using a mix of Oral History collection, archival research and collection of related ephemera, local groups, schools and organisations will work with Artspace to produce and learn about the social heritage of the Bandstand. The project will launch with a film screening of a film about the Bandstand made in 1960 which will be followed up with sessions in Barrow Library.
Mill Lane Loaf, Art Gene
Local school children will learn more about the rich local agricultural heritage of Walney Island through practical hands on experience of growing/working with wheat, milling and making bread. They will also work with archaeologists, historians, artists and volunteers on the current Allotment Soup project to bring the heritage to life. They will undertake a visit to HLF Supported Heron Corn Mill. Once inspired they will respond creatively to this heritage and prepare for a public open day to share what they have learnt and this will also be available via the ArtGene website.
Memories of Lakeland Laundry, Age UK Barrow and District
AgeUK will work with existing and new volunteers to learn more about the heritage of their current offices in Lakeland House, which was previously a laundry. Volunteers will research and collect information from the local archives and record Oral Histories from people who remember and worked in the laundry to create permanent display boards and short films. Some material has already be brought into AgeUK and demonstrates demand and interest in this area of local heritage. Everything will be shared online and be fully accessible to any visitors to the building.
Folk Art from Local Industry, Furness Creatives
This project will collect and share the stories and objects relating to Barrows hidden Folk Art. Local workers used their skills secretly to create toys, models and object d’art in the workshops and sheds of local industry. Following a local call out the project will catalogue these objects, capture oral histories and memories, create an exhibition and produce a DVD. People will learn about heritage and volunteers will be trained and learn skills. All project work will be available on a website developed and updated by the volunteers.
Sharing Engineering History, Furness Education and Skills Partnership (FESP)
This project will bring together retired Shipyard Engineers and local school children to learn about what it was like to work in the local industry. The children will then take part in cross-curricular activities to embed this learning. People from the local area who have retired from Barrow’s Industry will support and contribute to a series of workshops and pupils learning will be showcased at the annual Furness Skills Event held in Barrow and through local media channels.
Baz-I Time Travellers, Barrow Island Community Primary School
Working with the wider school community, Barrow Island Primary pupils will collect stories, information and images of the school to create a permanent heritage and history area in the school grounds. The school and community will work with a local artist, and the children will speak to previous pupils and local businesses to record and learn from their school life memories to weave into the artwork. The school will host a launch event and create an exhibition to share all the information collected through the project.
The Barrow Beat, Art Gene
Local Artist Matt Hassell will work with students from Furness College to make a short film about the Music Scene in Barrow. The project group will speak to and record histories from local people who were either in a local band or part of the gig going culture at the time. It will also seek to capture the music scene of Barrow today and look at how things have changed since the 1960s. The film will be launched at an event, shared online and the project will be showcased in local media.
The heritage importance of stained glass windows for Churches, St Mary’s RC Church, Barrow
A member of the Church community will be trained up to undertake stained glass window repair, learning heritage skills, so that the windows at St Mary’s can be restored, celebrated and their heritage explored. Pupils from the local school will visit the Church and work with an artist to learn more about the stained glass windows in the Church of Our Lady’s and create their own window as part of the project.
Speaking Up – Women, Politics and Public Discourse in Dalton 1933-39, Dalton Creatives
Dalton Creatives will explore the heritage of Women’s history through the creation of a radio play. Inspiration will come from a scrapbook in their possession containing a wide range of cuttings covering many aspects of public life for women, for instance record of a local public speaking group Lonsdale Women’s Unionist Association. Volunteers will be recruited to learn skills and undertake research on subjects within the scrapbook and digitise it. The completed radio play will be broadcast on CanDo.FM and all project research and outputs will be available online.