SCHOOL pupils have managed to win a heritage lottery grant worth more than £20,000 in a bid to bring alive the history of their village.
John Taylor High School, in Dunstall Road, Barton under Needwood, has received £20,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to begin an exciting, pupil-led project called Barton Archives.
The project will see a group of Year Eight pupils from the school working closely with the local community and local historians to produce a village digital archive. The archive will be situated in the village library, which is physically attached to the school.
The archive will comprise photographs, text-based records and oral histories and will be accessible to all the people in the village.
A film and a book will also be produced which will be given away free of charge to all houses in the village. In additional to this an education pack will be produced for use in the village junior and infant schools.
An open event will be held next year to which the community is invited to talk to the pupils about their stories and memories of Barton during the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
Mark Goodwin, John Taylor High School assistant principal, said: “This project will allow students to work with the resources and expertise of a number of local community organisations to really connect with the History of Barton-Under-Needwood – it is a wonderful opportunity.”
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy.
HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with more than £5.3bn across the UK.