£14.8m for industrial heritage skill building

Seven industrial heritage projects across the UK that focus on training for traditional skills are to benefit from a £14.8m grant package from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The projects, from Glasgow to County Down and from Scilly to Kent, will re-imagine industrial buildings and sites – and an oyster skiff - chosen for their potential to contribute to the social wellbeing of communities.

The Pioneer Sailing Trust at Brightlingsea, Colchester, gets £2.3m to develop training facilities and apprenticeships;

Refiring the Pipe Factory in Glasgow’s Barras Market is awarded £1.6m to turn it into a cultural centre;

The University of Kent had £3.5m to support a collaboration with the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and Medway Council to turn a former dockyard police section house into studios, teaching facilities, exhibition spaces and a café;

Saintfield Community Heritage Park near Belfast, a three acre field with a 19th century windmill (pictured, copyright Saintfield Community Association) gets £900,000 to create a free-to-access community park;

The listed Old Town Hall on the Isle of Scilly receives £4.6m to become a museum and cultural centre;

Lighting up the Lea in London’s Newham has got £1.6m to restore a Thames Ironworks vessel and create a heritage centre at Cody Dock;

Cellardyke Trust wilk use a grant of £84,856 to rebuild a 1937 herring fishing boat is to become a working community asset focussed on educational training and developing heritage skills.

“These innovative buildings, trailblazing transport and pioneering technologies shaped our modern world and are core to our rich industrial heritage” said Eilish McGuinness, CEO of the National Lottery Heritage Fund. “They are a connection to the past, but these fantastic projects ensure that this heritage lives on in the future, equipping a new generation with the skills to maintain the fabric of this heritage, and creatively using these sites for new and imaginative uses at the heart of their communities.

“What unites these projects is recognition of the heritage value of our industrial past, the incredible stories to be told and committed people.”

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