Children’s theatre workshops and other events to encourage the community to engage in the work of the Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership have been backed by councillor funding.
The Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership is to receive a total of more than £6,200 in locality budget funding from St Edmundsbury Borough councillors Patrick Chung, Robert Everitt, Sarah Stamp, Clive Springett, Julia Wakelam and Frank Warby, and from Bury St Edmunds Town councillors John Augustine, Wayne Hailstone, Tom Murray and Andrew Speed.
The funding will support seven projects to run a series of community engagement events and children’s theatre workshops, to produce a new visitor leaflet and wall map about the Abbey of St Edmund and to help develop website content, social media, and IT to help communicate the work of the Heritage Partnership.
Rev Canon Matthew Vernon, Chair of the Heritage Partnership, said, “We are grateful for this funding which will help us to develop our work further and communicate what we are doing more effectively. This will be important in our bids to the new National Lottery Heritage Fund (formerly HLF) to support the and to fund future projects.”
The funding follows on from public feedback at the successful Past Present and Future conference earlier this year at which the findings of two studies – a Heritage Assessment and a Conservation Plan – were revealed for the first time.
The conference discussed some exciting ideas for the future and the grants from local councillors will help to secure national funding to progress some key projects.
The Heritage Partnership aims to deepen public understanding of the life and times of St Edmund and the Medieval Abbey and to encourage people to experience the spiritual, historical and archaeological significance of the Abbey of St Edmund in the modern world.