422 Community Hub – reopening an iconic Victorian building


The Mechanics Institution Public Hall, Library and School was built in an age (1880) before state education. When cholera was endemic, and poverty was rife. Probably inspired by the writings on the Manchester working man by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles. It was the second free public library in England and along with the other facilities transformed the fortunes of numerous generations.  It enhanced the work of Sir Edwin Chadwick, born opposite the building, who founded the Poor Laws Board and persuading the Government to pass an Act requiring factory owners to provide 3 hours schooling for working [...]

422 Community Hub – reopening an iconic Victorian building2022-04-05T09:10:35+01:00

Monuments Matter to People in Cornwall


‘Monuments Matter to People’ is an innovative project run by the Cornwall Area Of Natural Beauty (AONB), piloting wellbeing and social prescribing interventions through engaging with the historic environment in that beautiful region. It is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), with the support of Community Led Local Development. This project is also supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in connection with the AONB’s Monumental Improvement project - a wider initiative, which has been developed in partnership with both Historic England’s Heritage at Risk team and the local voluntary sector to help stabilise 40 scheduled monuments [...]

Monuments Matter to People in Cornwall2022-02-18T15:26:25+00:00

The Land Girls Project


The Women’s Land Army legacy in the Midlands revived by Borderland Voices The Land Girls project is run by Borderland voices, a small charity based on the border of Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire, promoting mental health and wellbeing through engagement with arts and culture. The project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund with additional match funding from Staffordshire County Council (the ‘People helping People’ fund) and Leek Arts Forum.  It is investigating the Women’s Land Army (WLA), 1919-49, and how it changed the local landscape –physically and socially. The Land Girls (members of the wartime Women’s [...]

The Land Girls Project2022-02-07T11:47:24+00:00

Forgotten Veterans


Forgotten Veterans UK (FVUK) is a Portsmouth based charity, supporting those currently serving in the armed forces, veterans and their families nationally throughout the UK, and within the PO1 to PO6 postcode areas.  At Historic England’s Fort Cumberland site (Grade II listed 18th c. artillery fortification and a Scheduled Monument) the local section of the charity Forgotten Veterans utilised the potential of the fabulous location and the local military heritage to build a Respite Centre for Veterans and their families - a unique facility that has helped hundreds of veterans since its establishment in 2018. Forgotten Veterans have leased and successfully restored several historic casemates [...]

Forgotten Veterans2022-01-25T11:19:45+00:00

Archaeology on Prescription


Archaeology on Prescription is a new, innovative social prescribing project that seeks to engage York’s residents in archaeology. It will improve people’s health and wellbeing, foster new social connections and improve confidence through the building of new skills and knowledge.  The project is currently being piloted by York Archaeology in the shadow of York’s city walls, on the City of York Council-owned site of a former care home. Whilst the project engages with people from all over the city, local residents, particularly those who live or have lived in the surrounding Walmgate area, are also being encouraged to get involved to help create the most detailed picture [...]

Archaeology on Prescription2022-01-14T11:22:42+00:00

Heeley City Farm – community heritage


Heeley City Farm has been successfully delivering Community Heritage Work across Sheffield and beyond since 2008. This is a friendly farm and environmental visitor centre in Heeley, at the heart of South Yorkshire - a place where children and adults can come and meet friendly animals, enjoy fresh, home cooked meals in the Café or stock up on plants from the peat-free Garden Centre. There are also lots of events and activities in support of the local people’s wellbeing and health – from support groups for dementia patients’ carers, through volunteer gardening and food growing sessions and community [...]

Heeley City Farm – community heritage2021-12-14T11:45:01+00:00

Somers Town Museum – “A space for us”


Diana Foster, director of the Somers Town History Club, founded ‘A space for us’, a living memory project - not only to celebrate the local heritage and history, but also to benefit the local community as a social enterprise through education and arts. Diana wanted to create a space for people to come together and share narratives of life, place and the past. Through workshops, campaigns, walks and talks, members could come together to discuss art, historic publications and photographs - but most importantly, they could share stories. The club has been very successful and has been helping [...]

Somers Town Museum – “A space for us”2021-12-01T15:35:22+00:00

Dr Hills’ Casebook – combining heritage, arts and wellbeing through creative activities


The Restoration Trust began the Dr Hills' Casebook project at the beginning of May 2020, connecting with people wanting to find out more about participating in a project that combined heritage, arts and wellbeing focused through creative activities.  By early July 2020 thirteen people, many of whom were referred through the South Norfolk & Broadland Councils – Community Connectors social prescribing service, had signed up to take part in Dr Hills Casebook, all of whom are participants still engaged to date.   Dr Hills' Casebook, is a project that combines history, mental health, creative writing and theatre. A partnership between the Restoration Trust, Norfolk Record Office, South Norfolk Council and UpShoot Theatre Company. It [...]

Dr Hills’ Casebook – combining heritage, arts and wellbeing through creative activities2021-08-09T16:07:30+01:00
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