Lowewood Museum receives National Lottery Heritage Fund grant.

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Lowewood Museum Trust CIO is awarded a £228,800 grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to focus on community heritage.

Lowewood Museum Trust CIO has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £228,800 for an exciting heritage project entitled Your Heritage, Your Museum which will work with diverse communities throughout the Borough of Broxbourne in Hertfordshire. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the three year project seeks to expand the Museum’s engagement beyond its traditional audience by working with community groups throughout the Borough to capture their local stories, past and present.

Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the ‘Your Heritage, Your Museum’ programme will recruit community curators through a series of outreach activities, pop up events and locally generated exhibitions. They will help redefine and refresh the Museum galleries to tell local stories, past and present, replacing the dated static displays alongside an enhanced virtual presence and digital engagement. This approach will draw upon Lowewood Museum’s extensive photographic collection to reinforce local identity and sense of place.

Audiences with whom the museum are keen to develop stronger relationships include younger people, socially isolated older adults and those with mental health needs through work with NHS social prescribers. Other strands to the project include the development of the museum’s gardens to enhance biodiversity and the redevelopment of the museum’s website. Two staff will shortly be recruited to manage the programme.

In addition to the considerable financial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, there has been funding for the programme from Broxbourne Borough Council, Hertfordshire County Council locality budgets and the Love Hoddesdon Business Improvement District. The project is also endorsed by many community partners including the U3A, Broxbourne Arts Forum, the CVS for Broxbourne and East Herts, the Broxbourne Alliance NHS Primary Care Network and the Wormley and Turnford Big Local.

Commenting on the award, Steve Whitlam, (Lowewood Museum CIO trustee) said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players. The Trust has an ambition for the museum to engage with a broader range of residents from throughout the Borough of Broxbourne and this funding will enable this vision to be realised.”

Notes to editors

About Lowewood Museum Trust CIO

Lowewood Museum Trust CIO was formed in late 2020 to take responsibility for delivering museum and cultural services at Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. It was registered with the Charities Commission in January 2021. The Trust operates the museum under a five year rolling service level agreement with Broxbourne Borough Council and has a twenty five year lease on Lowewood House. Chaired by David Dent, the Trust Board includes representatives from the Friends of Lowewood Museum, Broxbourne Borough Council, Love Hoddesdon BID and the Broxbourne Arts Forum, with other trustees providing experience in national museums and volunteering in the arts and cultural sectors.

Follow Lowewood Museum Trust on Twitter @Lowewood and Facebook @LowewoodMuseum or online at www.lowewoodmuseum.com

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.

Follow @HeritageFundUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund 

Since The National Lottery began in 1994, National Lottery players have raised over £43 billion for projects and more than 635,000 grants have been awarded across the UK.

Further information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Steve Whitlam at the Lowewood Museum Trust CIO on 01992 785555 x5909 or museum@lowewoodmuseum.com

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