Thursday, September 12, 2013
A CORNISH cultural project is one of the first in the UK to be awarded a new heritage grant.
Awen Productions has received £10,000 to put towards its new West Cornwall Walkabout app from the Lottery's new All Our Stories fund.
The organisation has been given the cash to produce a special archive app exploring Penwith's cultural and social history, and looks to "reveal cultural stories by mapping assets within west Cornwall's ancient landscape as a journey through time". The resource can be used on mobile phones and tablets.
Utilising modern technology to discover more of the past, the production team is hoping to give as many people as possible a greater insight into the most intriguing local happenings and developments.
It is the second to be made, with the first, Walkabout St Ives, seen as a great achievement.
This time the group is working alongside Penzance's Penlee House Gallery to draw on further knowledge and skills.
Barbara Santi, of the group, said: "We are thrilled to be making our second app and excited to be working with the wonderful Penlee Gallery, whose artefacts and collections give so much pleasure to people. We've been so impressed by the work of Penlee's volunteers.
"We hope that their incredible knowledge of the area becomes accessible to as many people as possible."
All Our Stories was launched in support of BBC Two's The Great British Story.
Presenter Michael Wood said: "It is really tremendous that the people of west Cornwall have been inspired to get involved to tell their own story and dig deeper into their own past."
The localised initiative will also provide a chance for community groups in Penwith to engage in various activities, prompting people to work together to find out more.
Richard Bellamy, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund's South West branch, said there are lots of tales to tell. "We are a nation of storytellers, and that we want to explore, and dig deeper into our past and discover more about what really matters to us. This is exactly what the grant will do for the Walkabout West Cornwall project as the participants embark on a real journey of discovery."
Read more: http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Cornish-culture-project-awarded-new-grant/story-19785936-detail/story.html#ixzz2emUZz2lr
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