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Lottery Funding For Exeter Company Revealing Neighbourhood Heritage

Lottery Funding For Exeter Company Revealing Neighbourhood Heritage

Exeter-based community interest company Interwoven Productions CIC has been awarded £26,900 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to extend their unique approach to revealing neighbourhood heritage – one square kilometre (or Squilometre) at a time!  

The Squilometre technique has been developed to uncover hidden and lost histories of place and enables communities to explore and celebrate their own local heritage.  Made possible by National Lottery players the technique is now set to spread, throughout 2020, to two new wards in Exeter. 

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Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will train local residents to read their own urban landscapes, revealing the clues to their unique neighbourhood heritage. They will also learn how to address maps and documents to answer questions raised and to collect the oral histories that can make all the difference to our understanding of local contexts.  They will then be supported to work within their community, finding the best way to share their findings with all.

Two new Squilometres will be started with this funding, one in St Thomas, Exeter and the other in the City’s West Quarter. Both regions have a deep and distinctive heritage that is best explored and celebrated from within. The Squilometre technique allows this to happen in a sustainable way by encouraging a community-led, circular economy.

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Commenting on the award, JoJo Spinks said:

“We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident that these neighbourhood projects will promote a deeper understanding and connection between local the communities involved and the heritage of their place.”

Stuart Hobley, Area Director London & South at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:

“It’s the National Lottery’s 25th birthday this year and in that quarter of a century National Lottery players have raised £7.8billion for the UK’s heritage. Capturing the voices of people and the stories of communities are a key part of building our understanding of places and our heritage, so we’re pleased to support this project which will do just that in Exeter using some exciting techniques.”

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