The Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology (SLHA) is delighted to announce that they have been awarded a £9000 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to develop an exciting new project called ‘Past and Present – Celebrating 170 years of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology’.
The Society is a county wide organisation that seeks to study, record and encourage enjoyment in the rich cultural heritage of the historic county of Lincolnshire from the Humber to the Wash. The office and well-stocked bookshop is based in Jews’ Court, on Steep Hill in Lincoln. The foundations of the Society date back to 1844 and the organisation continues to run a programme of talks, conferences, visits, publishing and activities that take place around the county.
The Society plans to use this year of celebration to improve accessibility to their resources, engage with new audiences and develop exciting new learning opportunities. A number of new events and activities to engage with the wider community will be developed throughout the coming year. An exhibition to launch the project can be viewed at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Burton Road, Lincoln where it will be on show until 25th July following which it will move to Grantham Museum, Caistor Heritage Centre in December and Kirton-in-Lindsey early in 2015.
The award is from the Sharing Heritage Programme, designed to help people across the UK explore, conserve and share all aspects of the history and character of their local area.
Commenting on the award, Kathy Holland, Project Officer for ‘Past and Present’ said: ‘We are delighted to be awarded the Sharing Heritage grant which will enable us to share and develop our activities with the wider community, engage with new audiences and encourage greater awareness and enjoyment in the rich heritage of Lincolnshire’
Chris Lester Chairman of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology said ‘We are immensely proud of our heritage and I am delighted that the HLF has chosen to recognise it with this grant’