We are delighted to announce that we have received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting pilot project, ‘Access to Heritage’, in Nottingham. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on local history/ heritage through the figure of the ‘outsider’ or ‘outlaw’.

This pilot project will work with groups of people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction and engage them with various forms of local heritage through talks and visits to well known and lesser known heritage sites. Participants will learn about heritage in its various forms, develop new skills, and connect with their own personal histories and with other people in the group.  They will be supported to respond to and share these experiences in a variety of ways including writing, the spoken word, performance and through a podcast on local community radio station, NG Digital.

Sessions will be devised and led by a local historian and writer, Adam Nightingale, and will explore areas such as criminality, poverty, justice and injustice, alcohol/ drug use and its social consequences and resulting attempts at social reform, and include some of the portrayals of ‘outlaws’ in literature and popular entertainment.

Eleanor Youdell, Business Development Manager commented ‘We’re really pleased to be able to offer our service users this exciting and enriching experience through the Heritage Lottery Fund and are really looking forward to seeing the impact on participants.’

The project is planned to start in Spring 2018.

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