A PROJECT by the Geology Trust which involves the Robin Hood’s Bay community has been awarded £49,800 through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Over an 18-month period, the project will deliver Geonaut events at primary schools and youth groups, a Victorian Geologists travelling show and an Earth Heritage booklet for the area.
Mike Windle, director of NE Yorkshire Geology Trust, said: “It’s brilliant news for the trust to be involved with our own community, to discover and share more secrets in the landscape of Robin Hood’s Bay with locals and visitors alike.”
Geonaut events will ignite interest in the region’s Earth Heritage by looking for clues in the formation of the landscape, seeking evidence of industrial archaeology, discovering past environments and analysing findings through the science of geology.
The Victorian Geologists travelling show, which is also supported by a grant of up to £5,000 from LEADER, will enable the Geology Trust to take part in the Victorian weekend in Robin Hood’s Bay on 3 and 4 December, holding a fossil roadshow, complete with period geologist’s costumes, in the Ye Dolphin pub.
The event will entertain and inform visitors and locals about the origin of geology and the impact it had on the Industrial Revolution.
Fiona Spiers, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “A Bay Full of Heritage will allow people to try their hand at something new and unusual.
“We’re committed to funding projects that every community can take pride in and learn about their local heritage.
“In this case learning about heritage has never been so much fun.”
The Robin Hood’s Bay Earth Heritage booklet will be produced by the Geology Trust with the help of local groups such as the Robin Hood’s Bay Cubs.
Its format will include information on local industries, heritage walks, exposures and sites of geological interest, as well as the local history and significance of our landscape for oil geologists, climate change and future extractive industries.
Stuart Swan, chairman of NE Yorkshire Geology Trust said: “A Bay full of Heritage is a very exciting project which we hope will ignite a passion for geology in all that come into contact with the project and fan the flames of strong interest and awareness of our local earth heritage and its contribution to the global environment issues.”
The project will be launched at 11.30am a week tomorrow (23 July) at the Grosvenor Hotel and will involve a presentation of the project and its objectives.
The launch will enable the trust to invite the community to get involved with shaping the project and participating in how it is delivered.