HERITAGE chiefs in Warwickshire are looking to virtually plug people into the county’s rich history.
Warwickshire County Council has been awarded £965,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its ‘Our Warwickshire’ project – a collaboration between the council’s Heritage and Culture Warwickshire (HCW), Warwickshire Local History Society and the Friends of Warwickshire County Record Office.
Some of the cash will be used to harness the power of the internet to allow people to use online and social media platforms to share their stories by uploading content and organising events.
And there are also plans to make major improvements to Market Hall Museum in Warwick and make it a focus for the county’s heritage.
County council spokesman Coun Philip Johnson said: “Our Warwickshire will focus on our flagship site Market Hall, an iconic building in the centre of Warwick which has been a museum for over 170 years.
“Both its prime location and its heritage make it ideally placed to become the Museum of Warwickshire. We will re-energise and re-launch it as a ’gateway’ to Warwickshire’s heritage, exploring the county’s cultural identity by sharing the stories of Warwickshire people, places, landscapes and events.”
Reyahn King, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands, praised the project.
She said: “Our Warwickshire promises to transform the way people can explore the county’s rich heritage, from interactive new exhibitions and community space to an innovative online platform where people can share their own stories.”