A team of Cambridge University researchers have encouraged and advised community groups in the eastern region in making submissions to the Heritage Lottery fund ‘All Our Stories’, applications for which closed last week. Representatives from interested community projects were invited to attend one of two open days in June to meet the Cambridge Community Heritage researchers and discuss their ideas for investigating and celebrating local history or archaeology. Over the past few weeks, the groups have received support from our researchers in composing their applications and we will hear which projects have received funding to run their activities in October. At this time, Cambridge Community Heritage will also apply to the AHRC for research funding so that the team of academics can continue their involvement in running the heritage projects alongside the community groups over the next year.
The ‘All Our Stories’ fund was developed in support of the Michael Wood’s BBC series The Great British Story – A People’s History, which featured Carenza Lewis supervising archaeological test-pit excavations dug by community residents and volunteers in Long Melford last summer. The latest episode of the series, ‘Industry and Empire’ is available to view on iPlayer and the final episode airs this Friday, 10th August at 9pm on BBC2.