Big grant to bring history to life

Ian Clarke A ambitious project to capture the history and heritage of Watton and surrounding villages has been given a major boost with a £124,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Ian Clarke

An ambitious project to capture the history and heritage of Watton and surrounding villages has been given a major boost with a £124,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Wayland Partnership Development Trust wants to create "a legacy for our children and grandchildren" by unearthing a wealth of historic information.

The award will fund a heritage officer to work with the community - especially schools - in Watton and the 13 villages which make up Wayland to find gems which are hidden in old buildings, ancient records, in the natural environment and in people's memories.


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The trust will use discoveries to create a package of materials that will be shared with future generations of residents and visitors.

The project will give members of the local community the opportunity to train in a wide range of skills, from research and recording to interviewing, writing, field-walking, hedge-counting, photography and illustration.

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Bronwen Tyler, local historian and partnership trustee, said: "This grant will allow us to create a legacy for our children and grandchildren."

Robyn Llewellyn, head of HLF East of England, said: "The Capturing the Wayland Heritage project will provide a wonderful opportunity for communities to come together, learn about and celebrate their heritage."

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