Radian, in partnership with Hampshire Cultural Trust (HCT), has been funded by a £10,000 National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a new project called: Welcome to Bordon. This community heritage project will tell the story of the people who live in Bordon, Hampshire, through interviews and oral-histories. Over six months, the project also aims to use Bordon’s heritage to connect with and welcome new residents moving into the area.
Michelle Roffe, Head of HLF South East said: “We are delighted to support this project, which, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, will mean that more people will be able to get involved with, protect, and learn about the exciting heritage right on their doorstep.”
Through the recruitment of 30 volunteers, including children from a local school, the Welcome to Bordon Project will encourage both new and existing residents to explore the town’s tangible and hidden heritage in a new way, giving people a sense of place and ownership at a time when the area is going through a period of regeneration. The project will help to capture memories of Bordon, including its history as a garrison town, and document them using audio recordings and artwork inspired by the heritage.
Paula Windebank, Community Development Officer at Radian, said: “We are really pleased to have been awarded this funding and to be given the opportunity to work more closely with HCT and the local residents of Whitehill & Bordon. We’ve already had interest from local residents to help support the project and are looking forward to unearthing some of the historical and cultural aspects of the area.”
Commenting on the award, Laura Bullivant, Cultural Engagement Manager at HCT said: “We are thrilled to have received support thanks to National Lottery players and are looking forward to working with residents in Bordon to explore their heritage.”