If you’re following me on Twitter, you may have seen me mention the grant that the Mill Road History Project has now received from the Heritage Lottery Fund – following a long application process and a tense wait for news, it was announced earlier this week that the project would be receiving a grant of £99,248!
The Mill Road History Project began life around two years ago when a group of residents were looking into the history of Mill Road Cemetery. They wanted to leave a permanent record that would be available for future generations and their work inspired them to look into the history of other parts of Mill Road too. The project is now part of Mill Road Bridges and aims to record the memories and stories of people who live and work locally, as well as those who have memories of the area from previous years. The project will examine some of Mill Road’s significant buildings – such as Sally Ann’s and the former Mill Road Library (now Bharat Bhavan) – and the funding will be used for creating a dedicated interactive community website, hosting events and publicity for the project as well as training people to use the archives, undertake oral histories and take photographs.
The project will be officially launched later in the year. Lucy Walker, acting chair of the Project Steering Group, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded this funding and will be asking everyone to come forward with their memories and photographs. This is a great opportunity to get involved, learn a new skill and help the project come alive“.
If you would like to get involved with the project, or have memories or photos that you’d like to share then you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I think the project is a fantastic idea and I will be looking through my photos to see if I have any that might be useful – I have lived around Mill Road since the 1990’s and have seen a lot of changes in that relatively short time (and I’m also well known amongst friends for always having a camera with me and taking a lot of photos!) so I suspect I may have a few… .