£776,500 of National Lottery funding for Norfolk Museums Service project

14 July 2017

Norfolk Museums Service has today been awarded £776,500 through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Kick the Dust programme.

The money will go to the Norfolk Journeys project, which sees the museums service work in partnership with YMCA Norfolk and Creative Collisions - Great Yarmouth.

Taking place at heritage sites across the county, including Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse and Norwich Castle, nearly 8,000 11 to 25 year olds will have the chance to play a role in shaping their heritage. Joining the scheme at a level that suits them, young people can become: a Player, taking part in events, volunteering opportunities and work experience; a Shaper, completing Arts Awards, creating new social media content and exhibitions; a Leader, taking on a work placement, becoming the youth voice on committees and leading new projects.

The money has been awarded through HLF’s new Kick the Dust programme, HLF’s pioneering new grant programme distributing £10m from the National Lottery to youth organisations across the UK. At its core is a group of young Heritage Ambassadors, who are on a mission to ‘stir up heritage’, and have helped advise on how the money should be allocated.

HLF’s Heritage Ambassadors played a major part in allocating the grants. The 17 young people aged 16-25, recruited from across the UK to work with HLF on making heritage more inclusive for people of their age group, advised HLF’s decision panel on the projects they found to be most useful and appealing.

Hannah Keddie, Heritage Ambassador from East Anglia, said: “It has been an amazing experience learning how grants are awarded, and helping HLF to allocate £10m to projects involving more young people in heritage. I’m really pleased that Norfolk Journeys has won funding, as we found its plans to involve young people in museum work and provide them with archaeological experience especially appealing. Making Norfolk's heritage easier to access and participate in for more people my age is really important to me and the other ambassadors, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the project progresses in the future.”

Speaking about the Norfolk Journeys project, Tim Sweeting, CEO of YMCA Norfolk said: “It is wonderful that HLF is funding partnerships including youth organisations like YMCA in order to engage non-traditional groups, because we believe all young people deserve the opportunity to be inspired by heritage.”

Councillor John Ward, Chairman of Norfolk Joint Museums Committee, said: “Norfolk Journeys allows young people to create their own individual journeys into active engagement with Norfolk’s heritage. Specialist mentoring will help them achieve their potential. Young participants will gain certified skills and training, enhanced employment opportunities and will get a chance to shape the direction of heritage organisations.”

Tricia Hall, Chairperson of Creative Collisions, said: “We are delighted to be working with Norfolk Museums and YMCA on such an ambitious programme of Youth Engagement work. We specialise in combined arts and heritage projects and Kick the Dust will provide so many new opportunities and progression routes for the young people taking part.”

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