Heritage can mean different things tho different people. The Heritage Lottery Fund offers funding to projects that focus on one of their 9 outcomes. If you are interested in developing an arts theme project with heritage at its heart then we can help you plan and develop your grant application. Below is an example of the type of heritage projects we have been involved with.
Trissie Silcock was born in Abercynon in 1898. In the ‘Abercynon Community Partnership’ online archives, Trissie talks about the one and only time a circus visited Abercynon (approximately 1904). The Greatest Circus Show in Wales funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Wales gave pupils from Abercynon Community Primary School the opportunity to learn more about Abercynon’s heritage, using Trissie’s story as the basis for a heritage and circus project with Welsh history at its heart. Pupils worked with staff at the Cynon Valley Museum, No Fit State Circus, local historians and Forget-Me-Not-Productions to create a project that celebrates local heritage, while developing skills in researching, local history and circus heritage in Wales.
The verbatim content was based on the archive material gathered during the research phase (the work in the Cynon Valley Museum) and from the stories that were shared by generations of local community members past and present (such as past pupils, ex teachers and school governors). These stories empowered participants, staff and audiences alike;
broadening the focus from a school show, to a celebration of community life and Welsh heritage.