Two local museums have received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant for an exciting heritage project, Documenting Northern Lincolnshire’s Local History. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the substantial injection of funding will enable more people to get involved with the 90,000 strong local history collections.
North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire Museums have been awarded almost £250,000 to research and digitise items that tell the fascinating history of Northern Lincolnshire.
When completed the rich collections will be made available to the public to enjoy on the North Lincolnshire Museum and Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre websites, as part of the Documenting North Lincolnshire’s Local History project.
The project, supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, will see volunteer teams, including The Museum Makers, a group for adults with additional needs, join museum staff to document and interpret the huge collections of local photographs and objects.
Councillor Hayden Dawkins, portfolio holder for culture, heritage and the visitor economy at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “We are delighted to have received this opportunity to enhance access and understanding of our local history collections. Thanks to National Lottery players, local people can support local heritage and bring our story to more people than ever before.”
As well as providing new volunteering opportunities, the project will also see the development of a new heritage focused group for adults with additional needs at the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, with residents researching and interpreting the local history collections.
Helen Featherstone, Director, England, North at The National Lottery Heritage Fund said: “It is fantastic news that thanks to the National Lottery players, we have been able to support North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire Museums to ensure that their collections are preserved for years to come, meaning that local communities and people from further afield can learn more about the fascinating and rich heritage of North Lincolnshire.”
The Documenting North Lincolnshire’s Local History project is expected to be completed by autumn 2025.