Project focusing on Street Life of East Cambridgeshire wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

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viva-logoSoham based Viva Arts and Community Group has received £77,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to deliver a community project that will combine oral history and research to create pop-up heritage experiences that will appear in each of the towns at public events, sheltered housing and schools.

The project will be a bridge for the local people in Soham, Ely, Chatteris and Littleport to discover who lived and worked in their towns (possibly even their own houses) during the War from 1939-1945.

Heritage Lottery FundVolunteers will be given training and will go on to find period photos of the buildings, use archives to find out more about the people who lived or worked there, conduct interviews with people who remember the times and talk to local people to help gather and record the information.

Commenting on the award, Viva Trustee Michael Hawes said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver this project that will preserve and promote this vital part of East Cambs and UK heritage.”

If you would like to be involved in this project or would like further information please contact Hetti Wood on: 01353 722228 or email vivayouth@hotmail.co.uk