View from the East wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Ordinary Culture has received £25,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, View from the East in Colwick Woods, Nottingham. Delivered by Ordinary Culture in partnership with the Friends of Colwick Woods and Nottingham City Council, the project focuses on the fascinating heritage of the woods.

Mentioned in the Domesday Book and originally part of the Colwick Hall Estate, Colwick Woods is an urban green space steeped in history, which has, until now, gone largely unexplored.  Through extensive research, community visits to archives and museum collections, the gathering of oral histories, on-site talks and workshops with local experts and an exciting programme of learning activities for families and young people, View from the East will offer new and dynamic ways for the local community to engage with the heritage of Colwick Woods.  The project will provide training in conservation and gathering oral histories for members of local community groups and will deliver enhanced on-site interpretation, providing historical information for visitors to the woods.

Ordinary Culture is a Nottingham based organisation, which works with local community groups to deliver heritage and arts projects in settings where cultural and environmental heritage is under-investigated.

Commenting on the award, Ordinary Culture co-director Aaron Juneau said:

“We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident that the project will encourage more people to visit Colwick Woods and to engage with this rich area of local history.”