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Learning 23 April 2019

The hunt is on for Hidden Heritage Volunteers at Kinneil Estate!

Are you interested in the history of Kinneil Estate? Falkirk Community Trust (FCT) are excited to announce a new opportunity for local people to research and interpret the Hidden Heritage associated with the site.

Working with the Friends of Kinneil, FCT has secured funding from LEADER and the Great Places project, to run a research and design project with the community. Volunteers will work with professional archivists, to uncover the Hidden Heritage of Kinneil Estate and then get support from graphic artists and play specialists to design a heritage trail which interprets the history of the site for visitors. This design will be used to try and raise more funding for stage 2 of the project next year.

To be a Hidden Heritage Volunteer you don’t need any special skills or previous experience just enthusiasm for the project and availability to take part on Wednesday afternoons, from April to August 2019. Reasonable travel expenses will be covered and participants have the opportunity to learn new skills and contribute creatively to improving a much loved local site so that more visitors can enjoy and appreciate it. To express an interest in taking part in Hidden Heritage as a volunteer please contact parks@falkirkcommunitytrust.org. or leave your details at Kinneil Museum.  There is also more information on the Falkirk Community trust website, and you can ring us on 01324590919 if you don’t use e-mail.

This stage of the project will invest £20k in opportunities for local people and site based improvements. Tom Rutherford, Kelvin Valley and Falkirk Leader Manager, commented…

 “The Hidden Heritage project is a great example of how communities can work together to improve the tourist appeal of their rural historic sites, boosting visitor numbers to the Bo’ness area. LEADER is delighted to be able to support this program of activity”

Helen Rashad from the Great Places project commented

“Empowering local communities to explore and celebrate their local heritage is key to the Great Place project in the Falkirk area. We are excited that one of our first projects will provide skills and training for volunteers in Bo’ness, a place with such a rich and varied history.”

The results will be showcased on the Great Places website and on Historic Environment Scotland’s smartphone app. The local community will have the opportunity to contribute further to the project when voting for our Bags of Help grant opens in Tesco stores later this year. Shoppers can use their tokens to vote for a second stage of the project which will involve heritage events and further interpretation work.

Press Notes

For more information about the project please contact Claire Mennim

LEADER 

The Great Place Scheme

The Friends of Kinneil 

Falkirk Community Trust

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