Keighley Police Archive: Keighley and District Local History Society celebrates £9900 Heritage Lottery Fund grant
Heritage Lottery Funded
Keighley and District Local History Society is one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) All Our Stories grant, it was announced today. This exciting project, based on the Keighley Police Archive, held in Keighley Civic Centre and led by The Keighley and District Local History Society, has been given £9,900 to collate stories about Keighley’s policing past, to produce materials based on the local police archives and make them accessible to the wider public.
All Our Stories, a brand new small grant programme, launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story – has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups will carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.
The popular series presented by historian Michael Wood and supported by a programme of BBC Learning activities and events got thousands of us asking questions about our history and inspired us to look at our history in a different way through the eyes of ordinary people.
The programme and HLF All Our Stories has proved a real hit and now The Keighley Police Archive, is one of hundreds of successful projects around the UK to receive a grant. Keighley and District Local History Society will be working with young people, former Police officers and members of the wider community to help them develop media and communications skills and this project will give local people of all ages the chance to find out more about the History of Policing, Crime and Punishment in the town.
TV presenter and historian Michael Wood, said: “We British love our history, and no wonder: few nations in the world, if any, have such riches on their doorstep, and so much of it accessible to all of us. It is really tremendous that the people of Keighley have been inspired to get involved to tell their own story and to dig deeper into their own past. It’s brilliant that so many people are being given the chance to get involved through the All Our Stories grants. Having travelled the length and breadth of the British Isles this last year filming The Great British Story, I am certain that fascinating and moving stories will be uncovered which will not only bring to life the excitement of local history, but will illuminate and enrich every community’s connection with the national narrative.”
Commenting on the award, Andy Wade, Chairman of the Keighley and District Local History Society said: “it’s great that we have been awarded this grant and we can’t wait to get started. We know there’s so much more to discover about our past and this grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will allow us to start making an important part of our past accessible to the people of Keighley. We are all really looking forward to working on the project and hope that a wide range of people and community groups will benefit from the project.”
Fiona Spiers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Clearly the success of All Our Stories has reinforced the fact that we are indeed a nation of story tellers and that we want to explore and dig deeper into our past and discover more about what really matters to us. This is exactly what the grant will do for theKeighley and District Local History Society as they embark on a real journey of discovery.”
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About Keighley and District Local History Society
Keighley and District Local History Society was formed in 2004 to promote the conservation and study of the History of Keighley. The Society holds monthly talks about the areas past and is developing an archive that will be accessible to the public. Contributions to the collections of the society are always welcomed. Interested parties can contact our collections officer via e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone – 07974374901 or in writing to KDLHS, c/o 5 Low Laithe Fold, Laycock, Keighley. BD22 0NE.
All Our Stories
All Our Stories is a new, simple, funding programme for 2012 with grants available ranging from £3,000 – £10,000 developed so everyone can get involved in their heritage. From researching local historic landmarks, learning more about customs and traditions to delving into archives and finding out the origins of street and place names All Our Stories will give everyone the chance to explore their heritage and share what they learn with others. This programme is now closed to new applications and decisions were made in October 2012.
Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported 33,000 projects, allocating £4.9billion across the UK. Website: www.hlf.org.uk.
BBC Learning plays a central part in meeting the BBC’s purpose of promoting education and learning. Utilising the power of the BBC’s big brands and key talent, the department puts learning right at the heart of the BBC and provides a variety of resources and learning opportunities for children, teachers, parents and adult learners. Working with partners and in local communities, BBC Learning aims to stimulate interests and encourage engagement through a variety of campaigns across all BBC genres and platforms.
For further information, images and interviews, please contact:
Dan Moorhouse, Collections Officer and Treasurer at Keighley and District Local History Society on 07974374901 or via e-mail to email@example.com
Or for more general information about the Society, please contact:
Andy Wade, Chairman at Keighley and District Local history Society on 07792665336 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org