REDCAR & Cleveland Borough Council has received a £65,200 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting heritage project in East Cleveland, during 2019 and 2020.
“East Cleveland’s Industrial Heartland” is being led by the council’s Environmental Protection Team in partnership with local landowners and volunteer groups.
Thanks to National Lottery players, the team will discover, catalogue and promote industrial heritage across East Cleveland, specifically at ironstone mining sites currently in serious states of decline such as Kilton, Lingdale, North Skelton, Brotton, Liverton Mines and Skinningrove.
The project builds on the success of “Our Industrial Heartland” with the continued support of local experts from the Cleveland Mining Heritage Society and Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society, also bringing on board new volunteers such as Loftus Community Heritage Group and Skelton History Group.
The team will be working closely with the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and ‘Land of Iron’ project in the North York Moors National Park to tell the story of ironstone mining, helping local villages understand the role their communities played in the ironstone mining boom. The Project Officer will provide illustrated talks to local community groups and Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum will deliver heritage activities for groups of school children and also undertake a series of family heritage walking activity days.
The project will provide support and training to local volunteer groups to manage and promote their own websites, work with electronic mapping and use 3D modelling to record structures. Funding will also support a university student to carry out research around the environmental legacies of mining with help from our partners at the Guisborough Angling Club.
Councillor Carl Quartermain, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Communications, said: “We are thrilled the Heritage Lottery Fund has recognised the historic importance of mining and industry to our communities.
Thanks to National Lottery players, the grant will be used to help people understand how industry in East Cleveland has influenced our landscape and community over the years.
This work is paramount to the preservation and protection of valuable industrial archaeology within the project area. By capturing more surviving ironstone mine buildings in the project area at a specific point in time we are providing generations of people with pictorial images to enjoy while we look to build a future that not only matches but exceeds that proud past.”
Simon Clarke, Member of Parliament for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, said “Being a former student of history I am always delighted with any initiative that draws attention to our areas rich heritage. Many communities in East Cleveland owe so much to the legacy their forefathers left and Ironstone mining in particular was the rock that so many of our villages were built on.
As we look to the future, new generations will be carrying on that proud heritage as our local mining industry diversifies into polyhalite and we move to more modern industrial industries on the Mayoral development corporation site at Redcar. Having these windows to the area’s history will serve as fantastic reminders of exactly what we’re capable of and what can be achieved when communities come together.”
Ivor Crowther, Head of HLF North East, said “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are delighted to support this project, to enable more people to get involved with the industrial heritage of East Cleveland.”
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