Isn't this precisely the sort of thing that makes traditional
archaeological societies (seem to be?) dry as dust? I joined mine at the
tender age of 12, and benefited all through my school and university
career, if only because it gave me access to a superb library - both as
a source and as workplace for homework and study.
If more young people join societies, and make their presence felt at
meetings, then the societies will tend to be more receptive to youthful
ideas. I am sad to say that at the wrong end of my forties, I am one of
the younger members of my society Council. This is crazy. We need the
diverse ideas and opinions of different groups to ensure that societies
and our interest survive - better to work together than to fragment into
hundreds of little local or agist groups. YAC should be an integrated
part of both the professional and established existing framework, not
setting up as a different one. It can be, and is, done in some areas.
> From: Kate Giles[SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Reply To: Kate Giles
> Sent: 03 February 2000 16:44
> To: Martin Brown; [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Government launches Local Heritage Initiative
> Here Here,
> From a bright young thing of 21!!!
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Martin Brown <[log in to unmask]>
> To: 'Alex Hunt' <[log in to unmask]>; <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2000 10:31 AM
> Subject: RE: Government launches Local Heritage Initiative
> > Looks like a wonderful opportunity for the Young Archaeologists
> Club. It
> > might provide an answer to that perennial question about what we do
> > older ones who don't want to be included with the younger YAC
> members but
> > who aren't going to join the local archaeological society because
> they are
> > still young/alive (delete as applicable). York, we look to you for
> > guidance!
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Alex Hunt [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> > Sent: 03 February 2000 10:28
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Government launches Local Heritage Initiative
> > Countryside Agency
> > Wednesday, 2 February 2000
> > CHRIS SMITH LAUNCHES NEW INITIATIVE - TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE
> > TO GET INVOLVED IN THEIR LOCAL LIVING HISTORY
> > A new national grant scheme to help people care for their local
> > landscape, landmarks and traditions kicks off today with the help of
> > the Heritage Lottery Fund and Nationwide Building Society. Following
> > the success of Countryside Agency pilot projects, ranging from lime
> > kilns to local histories, wildlife sites to walls and way marks,
> > #8 million of Heritage Lottery Fund money will open up the Local
> > Heritage Initiative more widely to the public.
> > Launching the new initiative at Coram's Fields in London today,
> > Culture Secretary Chris Smith said:
> > "This initiative recognises that the long term future of our local
> > heritage lies in the hands of those who value it at local level.
> > the smallest grant can make a vital difference to our local
> > communities and, by extending the Local Heritage Initiative today,
> > even more communities will have the opportunity to benefit. By
> > ownership of our heritage we can ensure its continued enjoyment for
> > future generations."
> > Dr Eric Anderson, chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said:
> > "We have a great heritage of great buildings, great museums and
> > galleries and wonderful countryside but our national heritage
> > consists of more than those. It is also made up of thousands of
> > places, customs and well-loved landmarks in every corner of the
> > country. The Local Heritage Initiative will help people to conserve,
> > to understand and celebrate what is important in every local place."
> > Nationwide, the world's largest building society, is contributing
> > more than #1 million over the first five years of the scheme.
> > Communications director, Jeremy del Strother, said:
> > "Nationwide has its own deep-rooted heritage and tradition of
> > with and helping the communities from which it has grown over the
> > last 150 years. We recognise how important it is to keep local
> > history and traditions alive for current and future generations.
> > There are many valuable lessons we can learn from our past to help
> > make the best of our future."
> > Ewen Cameron, chairman of the Countryside Agency, said:
> > "The success of our initial pilot projects, which worked well in
> > practice, means more money is now available to encourage more
> > communities to work together. The enthusiasm and efforts of local
> > people are paying off.
> > "We intend to help more than 3,000 projects nationwide during the
> > next ten years. There will be plenty of opportunity for people to
> > together to plan future projects to enhance the spirit and
> > distinctive character of the place where they live. Initial
> > applications for grants must be in by mid-May but future
> > can be made each autumn when local communities are ready to
> > the work."
> > The Countryside Agency initiative is designed to provide
> > cost-effective grants to encourage communities to take practical
> > action to care for their local heritage. The three main components
> > the Local Heritage Initiative are for communities to assess their
> > local heritage, carry out community-led action, and gain support for
> > local organisations to ensure the sustainability of heritage action.
> > Local people can find out how to get the most out of the Local
> > Heritage Initiative by calling the LHI Information Line on 01226
> > 719019. Full details of the grant scheme and application details,
> > together with advice from successful projects during this ten-year
> > initiative, are available on our website at www.lhi.org.uk
> > -ends-
> > Note to editors: Examples of successful pilot projects attached.
> > For further information or interviews contact:
> > A beta video containing interviews and film of some of the pilot
> > projects is available from Nationwide. Photographs of the launch are
> > available from the Countryside Agency.
> > The Local Heritage Initiative will run for ten years. The Heritage
> > Lottery Fund is providing #7,960,000 for the period 1999-2002 and
> > have agreed in principle, to continue funding the initiative for the
> > following seven years. The Countryside Agency administers the Local
> > Heritage Initiative in England on behalf of the Heritage Lottery
> > who will make all funding decisions using pre-agreed criteria. The
> > initiative covers people in England and there are plans to develop
> > similar schemes for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
> > The Countryside Agency is responsible for advising government and
> > taking action on issues relating to the social, economic and
> > environmental well-being of the English countryside.
> > The Heritage Lottery Fund provides financial support for the
> > protection and enhancement of our heritage, of local, regional or
> > national importance, to improve the quality of life of communties
> > throughout the United Kingdom. So far, 3,170 grants have been
> > awarded, with a combined value of #1.4 billion.
> > Nationwide, the world's largest building society, has around eight
> > million members and it is estimated around one in three households
> > the UK have a financial relationship with them. The Society
> > celebrated its 150th anniversary in 1998. Nationwide has a strong
> > history of helping community projects and is firmly committed to
> > supporting the communities from which it has grown. Through
> > sponsorship, fundraising and other activities, Nationwide has
> > supported hundreds of events and initiatives across the country and
> > last year it gave over #2.7 million to both local and national
> > charities.
> > LOCAL HERITAGE INITIATIVE CASE STUDIES
> > Woodlands Community School, Harefield, Southampton
> > Students and teachers based in the urban fringe of Southampton have
> > investigated the heritage of the former Harefield Estate on which
> > their school and homes are built. Working with the local history
> > society, activities included site survey, oral history recording,
> > mapping data and producing a booklet to share what they found.
> > ideas include annotated then and now, signs at key sites and setting
> > up a Heritage Explorers Club at school.
> > Contact: John Smith, Southampton City Council, on 01703 833910
> > Maulds Meaburn, Cumbria
> > Faced with the conflicting interests of children playing, sheep
> > grazing, SSSI and nature conservation, car drivers and adjacent
> > residents, villagers got together to commission expert advice and
> > develop and action plan to save their village green for future
> > generations.
> > Contact: Susannah England, Countryside Agency, on 01768 865 752
> > Tow Law, Co Durham
> > 19th century beehive coking ovens had fallen into disrepair before
> > the town council initiated a partnership of local people, Groundwork
> > and expert advisers to restore this part of their industrial
> > and make it more accessible to local people.
> > Contact: Lorraine Weeks on 01434 674 672
> > Examples of potential activities which could be eligible for LHI
> > grants:
> > Natural heritage aspect
> > - restoring local streams for wildlife and access
> > - cleaning up reed beds
> > Built heritage features
> > - repairing and restoring small local features such as horse troughs
> > and milestones
> > - replacing features with locally distinctive work such as local
> > cobblestones
> > Archaeological heritage
> > - surveying local features and providing interpretation
> > - mapping out local heritage trails or researching local place names
> > Industrial heritage
> > - making industrial heritage sites safe for public access
> > - providing new uses for old features such as drove roads
> > Customs and traditions
> > - creating local commemorations of important people, places, events
> > and activities
> > - recording local history, traditions and customs
> > =====================================================
> > Alex Hunt Council for British Archaeology
> > Bowes Morrell House, 111 Walmgate, York YO1 9WA, UK
> > Tel: +44 (0)1904 671417 Fax: +44 (0)1904 671384
> > http://www.britarch.ac.uk
> > =====================================================