Routes to Roots awarded £35,000 National Lottery support

MOSSLEY Civic Society has been awarded a £35,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its Routes to Roots project.

Mossley Industrial Heritage Centre

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to greatly raise the profile of Mossley Industrial Heritage Centre by increasing visitor numbers and encouraging children and adults to explore the heritage of Mossley in an engaging and fun way.

Working with Green Monster Arts, a local specialist educational arts provider, the Society will work with six local primary schools to explore the heritage of Mossley and design an interactive walking trail from their school to the Industrial Heritage Centre.

The centre itself will also have a makeover including new branding, signage and physical enhancements to tempt the public in along with a new, accessible website to record Mossley’s past.

There will also be opportunities for existing and new volunteers to develop new skills in archiving and displaying photos and collecting stories to illustrate Mossley’s fascinating past.

Ann Gilligan, from Green Monster Arts, said: “We’re delighted that Mossley has received this support thanks to National Lottery players. Green Monster Arts and Civic Centre volunteers are chomping at the bit to get the project underway and we can’t wait to see the finished trails next year. We hope the project will really get the Heritage Centre on the map.”

The Heritage Centre began more than 20 years ago when local residents were invited to look inside Longlands Mill when it was bought by Emmaus and memories came flooding back.

Some of the visitors had been workers in the same mill years before. The memories they brought back and the stories they had to tell were the inspiration for the development of the Industrial Heritage Centre.

Mossley folk have gone through attics, photograph albums and memories to find things of interest and this project hopes to discover even more stories which will be presented in an imaginative way to bring history alive especially for the younger generation who were born into the digital age.

The project will run during 2018 with more details to follow. Find out more on the Facebook page @mossleycivic


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