Arts Council grant for survey of Lincolnshire’s heritage

Lincolnshire County Council.
Lincolnshire County Council.

Local people will be given the opportunity to voice their thoughts on Lincolnshire’s heritage, thanks to a grant from Arts Council England.

The county council will receive a £125,400 investment from Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund for its Your Heritage Review 2015.

The Museum Resilience Fund is aimed at supporting cultural and heritage organisations to pursue development opportunities which will make them more sustainable and resilient for the future.

The Your Heritage Review 2015 project will give local people the chance to share their views on the county’s heritage, including which elements are most important to them, how they would like to engage with them, and what from the present and recent past should be preserved for future generations.

Coun Nick Worth, Executive Member for Culture and Heritage, said: “The council runs a number of museums and heritage sites and looks after a huge amount of material, from prehistoric flint tools, ploughs and newspapers to works of fine art and sculpture.

“The Your Heritage Review will be a chance for people to tell us what’s most important to them, and what we should be focusing on for the future.

“And thanks to the funding from Arts Council England, we’ll be able to organise a series of public events, debates and exhibitions over the coming months, where residents can share their views face-to-face.

“We’ll then use the findings to develop our own approach to protecting and promoting our local culture and heritage, and share the feedback with other organisations working in this sector.”

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “One of Arts Council England’s aims is to ensure the public benefit from their local historical collections. This investment will help the county council create a robust plan for the future of its collections, engage new audiences and raise the profile of Lincolnshire’s rich heritage.”

For more information on the county council’s museums and heritage sites, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk .