Roots and Visions - Heritage Lottery Fund Project

Chillingham Road Sports & Arts Centre has been awarded £18,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting new community project. Called ‘Roots and Visions, Our Community, Our Story’, the project, will record the heritage of South Heaton in Newcastle, making the fascinating history of this area accessible to the public for the first time.

‘Roots and Visions’ will be delivered in partnership with Chillingham Road Primary School which celebrates its 120th anniversary this year. Between February 2014 and July 2015 school children, families and the community will take part in a programme of activities, bringing the rich history of one of Newcastle’s most important suburbs to life.

The project will record and make accessible the voices of people from the distant and not so distant past. The community will be supported to volunteer and tell their stories, take part in craft workshops, and create art works celebrating their shared heritage. The project will create an exhibition, booklet and digital heritage trail app.

At the heart of the South Heaton community for 120 years, the school has witnessed the impact of the dramatic events of the 20th century on ordinary people. South Heaton has a unique history. It played an important role in the creation of the North East railway, a hub of engineering and innovation, the birthplace of Newcastle United, a home to influential writers and musicians, and still boasts one of Britain’s most successful amateur theatres.

Commenting on the award, Karen Elliott, Headteacher at Chillingham Road Primary School said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our community to celebrate and preserve our heritage. Working closely with the Sports & Arts Centre we hope to do this in a creative and innovative way. This area has always been inventive and we want to reflect this in the use of 21st century technology. This will ensure that the story of our community is accessible to as many people as possible wherever they may live.

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