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Pennine Heritage secures National Lottery support

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Pennine Heritage is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund of £39,400 from its Resilient Heritage Programme. Made possible by money raised from National Lottery players, the grant will fund our Resilient Future Project.

Pennine Heritage manages the Birchcliffe Centre and Hostel in Hebden Bridge and works to promote and conserve the heritage of the Upper Calder Valley and the wider South Pennines. This includes a major historical photographic archive of over 40,000 images dating back to the mid 19th century. 

This year we celebrate our 40th anniversary, the Resilient Future Project aims to ensure that we build on that foundation, to make an ever stronger contribution to celebrating and recording the heritage of our communities in the years ahead. 

The project will produce a 5 year Business Plan for the charity, including a detailed technical programme to restore and maintain the Birchcliffe Centre, a new community marketing campaign to get local groups, businesses, residents and visitors more involved in the future use of the Centre and expert advice to improve our working arrangements. This will increase our income to fund more heritage work in the future. Finally we will invest part of the grant in supporting our volunteers who manage the Pennine Heritage Digital Archive and helping them to prepare an exciting new exhibition drawing on our historic photographic collection.

Commenting on the award the Chair of Pennine Heritage, Judith Schofield said: “We are privileged to receive this award thanks to National Lottery players. It comes at an important time of change for the charity and will help us to meet the challenges and opportunities we face in the years ahead.”

See Pennine Heritage website outlines many of the projects the trust has sorked upon.

See Pennine Horizons website and search for old photos