Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Identity on the Road

image courtesy of Inverclyde Council and McLean Museum 

The project team will be in the Oak Mall in Greenock from Friday 17 February - Tuesday 21 February displaying some of the material the project has gathered so far, showing a short film, previewing our graphic novel, and waiting to hear your stories...

The team will be based in the former Ponden Mill shop. Over the next few weeks the exhibition will travel to a number of other areas and venues across Inverclyde.

And on Friday, local heritage groups who want to make their own project happen can get some expert advice...

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Heritage Lottery Fund Development Officer Louise Hastie will be at the Identity project exhibition on Friday and is happy to discuss potential heritage projects from your organisation, with advice on how to apply for funding. Please join us from 11am to hear more.

Heritage projects are about more than restoring old buildings. Identity demonstrates this - the focus is on interviewing locals, researching where we come from and presenting it in a modern way, like the upcoming graphic novel.

HLF can also support your group to gather stories from war veterans or soccer fanatics (as we did with Greenock Morton FC); digitally scanning and sharing old photographs; creating a tour of important sites in the town, or what they used to be; learning about the natural heritage, rare and native species; training in traditional skills - or learning new skills that help to share our heritage further. It could be about anything that you value, and want to pass to future generations.

Louise can also advise you on changes at HLF:
·       From April next year the upper limit of grants for community heritage projects will increase to £100,000 (currently £50,000 under the Your Heritage programme)
·       Projects that have a focus on young people will be able to apply for up to £50,000 under the Young Roots programme - double the existing limit of £25,000.

Inverclyde has a per capita spend that is below the UK and Scotland average, making it an HLF priority area. This priority status will continue for one more year so make the most of the dedicated support in developing your applications!

Louise will be available all day if you would like to make an appointment to discuss a specific project idea, contact her on to book a time.

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image courtesy of Inverclyde Council and McLean Museum