|The Thurrock Local History
Society received £9,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an
exciting project - “Celebrating the people who have contributed to
Thurrock's rich heritage”. It was made possible by money raised by National
Lottery players. The project highlighted many of the people, places and events
that are important or interesting parts of Thurrock's heritage.
The project included a number of
activities such as:
- preparing interpretation
panels on a variety of Thurrock people;
- publishing information booklets;
a field trip to Essex
locations associated with Kate Luard;
- commissioning short videos on
Lord Kitchener and
- and developing
a new app to
make Thurrock's heritage more accessible for residents and visitors when
they are out and about.
The project undertook training of a
number of volunteers about social media, such as Facebook and Twitter
and made extensive use of them to attract a new audience for Thurrock's heritage
- for example the TLHS
The National Lottery grant also funded new heritage plaques,
and chosen by a public vote.
As part of the project, we
this app that enables you to (explore on your computer or on
the ground) other Thurrock Heritage plaques.
exhibited at the Orsett Show in
September, 2017. The interpretation panels were on display,
copies of the booklet were distributed, and volunteers dressed
as local characters - including Queen Elizabeth I and Daniel
Defoe. There was also an opportunity to talk to us about the
project and contribute to it.
Three project volunteers at the Orsett Show
with the interpretation panels in the background.