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Heritage Fund Windfall

The Civic Arts Centre and Theatre is pleased to announce that they have received £18,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a year long, history based project focusing on Union Road and surrounding streets in Oswaldtwistle..

In October 2017, the Civic Arts Centre team held a history walk in Oswaldtwistle. The walk started at the Black Dog and went all the way down to the station. To accompany the walk, the team had collected old photos mostly from the early 1900s and then the photos were matched up with current locations. The walk was very successful and showed that there was a thirst for history, so much so that the following week a local school asked if they could send two classes on the same walk.

Following that there were requests from some members of the community to repeat the walk and run more.

This prompted discussions about how this could be extended into a bigger project using the skills at the Civic Arts Centre to bring the history to life with actors along the high street creating an immersive 1900s themed promenade performance and event.

Now, thanks to National Lottery players, the ‘Discovering Old Oswaldtwistle’ project will involve more walks and talks about the history of the street plus a promenade performance and exhibition. It will also give the Civic the opportunity to build a resource for storing all the old photos so that they are accessible for future generations.

‘We are really pleased that the Heritage Lottery recognised the potential of this project and thank them for their support’, said Gayle Knight, Creative Director of the Civic Arts Centre. ‘We will be holding our second walk on the 3rd March, starting at the Black Dog at 1pm’.

The next History Walk will start at the Black Dog at 1pm on Saturday 3rd March. It will last approximately three hours finishing with soup and a roll at the Civic Arts Centre. Tickets are £6 or £3 per child.

For more information or to book a place ring Gayle on 01254 398319 or email info@civicartscentre.co.uk


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