£9,000 grant for history project at Coliseum

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A COMMUNITY group based at The Coliseum in Whitby has become one of the first in the country to receive a grant to record local history.

The £9400 which has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund will be used for a project called “Whitby – Then and Now”.

It will see local residents record their memories, stories and photographs from years gone by of life in Whitby and the surrounding villages.

Weekly drop-in sessions, talks and slide shows at the Coliseum will offer training to local families, schools, groups and societies.

They will record their versions of events using the internet, linking them to Google maps and Street View to show what life was like then and now.

The project can then be viewed from anywhere in the world.

It is part of the nationwide All Our Stories programme, launched on the back of The Great British Story on BBC2, to encourage people to celebrate their local heritage.

Exhibitions about the Baxtergate Heritage Project, held at the Coliseum earlier this year, showed that hundreds of people wanted to share their reminiscences and old photos.

Maureen Lynch, from the Internet Cafe at the Coliseum, said: “It’s great that we have been awarded this grant and we can’t wait to get started.

“Local people love living here and are immensely proud of the strong maritime and farming heritage of this area.

“We really want to help local people record and share their own memories, heritage and history with the wider world.”