Posted by: archaccess | October 11, 2013

Keen to explore your heritage?

If the answer is yes, then read more to find out how you get University of Cambridge support for your community project.

Perhaps you are keen to carry out archaeological investigations in your community? Maybe people in your community have stories or memories your group would like to record for future generations? Or perhaps you are interested in using local historical records to find out about your community’s past? Or making local museum collections more widely accessible? Or in developing a learning pack about your community for local schools?

Cambridge Community Heritage (CCH) is a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge who have helped such groups develop and run community projects which do exactly this. In 2013, it has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), via the ‘All Our Stories’ fund (now replaced by ‘Sharing Heritage’), to which communities applied for the expenses they incurred in making their projects happen.

You can find out more about the projects undertaken by community groups in 2013 on our website here. The Cambridge Community Heritage team includes researchers with a wide range of interests and expertise, headed by Dr Carenza Lewis, a well-known television archaeologist who ran the community excavations featured in Michael Wood’s TV series ‘The Great British Story – A People’s History’ in 2012.

So, if you are a local community in the east of England and interested in researching any aspect of your heritage, the Cambridge Community Heritage team are interested in hearing from groups looking to plan, fund and run community projects in 2014. To find out more, you would be welcome to attend an event on 23rd November 2013 (2-6pm) in Cambridge to meet our researchers and our current community groups who will be celebrating the completion of the 2013 projects. All places for the event must be booked in advance, whether you are a representative from a current or potential CCH community group. To book places, please contact the CCH Administator on access@arch.cam.ac.uk.

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