• Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

Historic England announces £744,000 funding to tell stories from ‘neglected’ parts of the country

ByRandall B. Phelps

Jul 26, 2022

Funding for more than 50 creative projects to highlight working class stories from ‘neglected’ parts of the country has been announced by Historic England.

Fifty-seven projects will benefit from £774,000 split into grants ranging from £6,000 to £25,000, including those for West Yorkshire Boxing Clubs, Leicester’s Hidden Nightclub Scene and 19th Century Slaughterhouse Girls from Deptford, east London.

Historic England said the money will promote ‘collective understanding of the past’ and ‘correct the imbalance on which histories are remembered’.

Projects will take a variety of forms, with some producing films, online articles, artwork and oral history recordings and others hosting celebratory events and exhibits.

After a call for applications opened in February, the 57 projects were selected from more than 500 proposals.

Among the selection criteria for successful bids were projects that offered volunteering opportunities to young people or those facing loneliness and isolation, and projects that contributed positively to the well-being of participants.

Funding for more than 50 creative projects to highlight working class stories from ‘neglected’ parts of the country has been announced by Historic England. Fifty-seven projects will benefit from £774,000 split into grants ranging from £6,000 to £25,000, including those for West Yorkshire Boxing Clubs, Leicester’s Hidden Nightclub Scene and 19th Century Slaughterhouse Girls from Deptford, east London. Above: Clubbers in Leicester

the boxing project in Halifax, West Yorkshire will receive £10,000 and will focus on fight gyms that were once common in the area.  Led by the boxing and youth fraternity, the project will produce filmed oral history interviews and maps of key sites as well as an exhibition and series of events.  Above: A more recent boxing match in Halifax

the boxing project in Halifax, West Yorkshire will receive £10,000 and will focus on fight gyms that were once common in the area. Led by the boxing and youth fraternity, the project will produce filmed oral history interviews and maps of key sites as well as an exhibition and series of events. Above: A more recent boxing match in Halifax

Another project will look at working-class stories from Bodmin, Cornwall.  Above: Children examining sheep at Bodmin market in 1939

Another project will look at working-class stories from Bodmin, Cornwall. Above: Children examining sheep at Bodmin market in 1939

Charity 2Funky Arts (2FA) will use a £10,000 grant to explore 50 years of Leicester nightlife.

The focus will be on the city’s black community and genres such as hip hop, soul, reggae and jazz, while 45 volunteers will create a pop-up exhibit featuring old photographs and personal anecdotes.

A photo shows people dancing at the Bailey nightclub in Leicester’s Haymarket Centre.

The Deptford abattoirs project will receive £11,000 in funding. More than 500 women worked in the cattle markets of the region at the end of the 19th century.

The young women had a reputation for hoarse demeanor and were nicknamed “gut girls”.

The project will be led by Capture Art & Creative Projects Ltd, in partnership with Albany Arts Center and Deptford Library.

It will work with young people to produce arts, crafts and photography looking at working class history in the region, with a particular focus on the largely untold “gut girls” heritage.

Meanwhile, the boxing project in Halifax, West Yorkshire will receive £10,000 and focus on fight gyms that were once common in the area.

A project in County Durham will receive £10,000 to examine the stories of those who worked at Easington Colliery (pictured) and will also look at the lives of people in the area

A project in County Durham will receive £10,000 to examine the stories of those who worked at Easington Colliery (pictured) and will also look at the lives of people in the area

The Deptford abattoirs project will receive £11,000 in funding.  More than 500 women worked in the cattle markets of the region at the end of the 19th century.  Above: The Deptford warehouse where cattle markets were held

The Deptford abattoirs project will receive £11,000 in funding. More than 500 women worked in the cattle markets of the region at the end of the 19th century. Above: The Deptford warehouse where cattle markets were held

The project in Bodmin will use never-before-seen photographs of buildings and people to inspire modern residents to explore the city's history.  Above: A photo showing British troops training in a disused warehouse in Bodmin in 1939

The project in Bodmin will use never-before-seen photographs of buildings and people to inspire modern residents to explore the city’s history. Above: A photo showing British troops training in a disused warehouse in Bodmin in 1939

A project in North Yorkshire which is receiving £11,000 in funding will look at the stories of disabled people who were prisoners or staff at Ripon Workhouse from the Victorian era until the 1940s. Pictured: the former workhouse is now a museum

A project in North Yorkshire which is receiving £11,000 in funding will look at the stories of disabled people who were prisoners or staff at Ripon Workhouse from the Victorian era until the 1940s. Pictured: the former workhouse is now a museum

Meanwhile, the story of a pewter chapel in the Forest of Dean will be examined in a project with £10,000 funding.  The Bilson Mission Chapel was built in 1880 as a place of worship for local gypsies

Meanwhile, the story of a pewter chapel in the Forest of Dean will be examined in a project with £10,000 funding. The Bilson Mission Chapel was built in 1880 as a place of worship for local gypsies

Led by the boxing and youth fraternity, the project will produce filmed oral history interviews and maps of key sites as well as an exhibition and series of events.

A project in Bodmin, Cornwall, will connect communities to working-class stories in the region. He will receive £8,000 in funding.

It will use never-before-seen photographs of buildings and people to inspire modern residents to explore the city’s history.

A project in North Yorkshire which is receiving £11,000 in funding will look at the stories of disabled people who were prisoners or staff at Ripon Workhouse from the Victorian era until the 1940s.

Meanwhile, the story of a pewter chapel in the Forest of Dean will be examined in a project with £10,000 funding. The Bilson Mission Chapel was built in 1880 as a place of worship for local gypsies.

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said: “I am delighted to see the wide range of creative approaches and topics on offer for the Everyday Heritage Grants: Celebrating Working Class Stories.

“These community-led projects demonstrate that heritage is all around us and accessible to everyone. They will point out that wherever people live, they are surrounded by historic buildings, landscapes and streets, industrial and coastal heritage that can help bring communities together.

Heritage Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “This inclusive and accessible project clearly demonstrates that heritage belongs to all of us.

“This is a fantastic initiative that will help communities across England to engage with working class heritage in their area in new and exciting ways and to see these untold stories brought to light.”