Heritage can mean different things tho different people. The Heritage Lottery Fund offers funding to projects that focus on one of their 9 outcomes. We can help you plan and also develop your Heritage Lottery grant application. Below is an example of a circus heritage project we were recently involved with.
Trissie Silcock was born in Abercynon in 1898. In the ‘Abercynon Community Partnership’ archives, Trissie talks about the one and only time a circus visited Abercynon (approximately 1904). The Greatest Circus Show in Wales gave pupils from Abercynon Community Primary School the opportunity to learn more about Abercynon’s heritage. They used Trissie’s story as the basis for a circus project with Welsh heritage at its heart. Pupils also worked with staff at the Cynon Valley Museum, No Fit State Circus, local historians and Forget-Me-Not-Productions. They also developed skills in researching, local history and circus heritage in Wales.
The verbatim content was based on the archive material gathered during the research phase. Pupils carried out this work in the Cynon Valley Museum.
Generations of local community members past and present were also an inspiration to pupils throughout this project. These stories empowered participants, staff and also audiences. The focus was broadened from a school show, to a celebration of community life and Welsh heritage.