Thurrock Local History Society wins National Lottery support

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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;
  • undertaking a field trip to Essex locations associated with Kate Luard;
  • commissioning short videos on Kate Luard, Margaret Jones, Lord Kitchener and Benjamin Franklin;
  • 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 twitter account.

The National Lottery grant also funded new heritage plaques, nominated and chosen by a public vote.

As part of the project, we produced this app that enables you to (explore on your computer or on the ground) other Thurrock Heritage plaques.

The project 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.




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