Harrow Council celebrates £40,000 Heritage Lottery Fund Grant

Pupils at Weald Junior School will be able to delve deeper than ever before into the history of their area thanks to a grant of £40,000 secured by Harrow Council.

The Council is among the first to receive a Sharing Heritage Grant  from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money will be spent on a project for 90 pupils aged 10 and 11 from the school, in Robin Hood Drive, to learn about the heritage of Harrow Weald. 

The project - called One Place Different Times – will start with the history of All Saints Church in Uxbridge Road, focussing on the grave of Blackwell, of Crosse & Blackwell fame, which is located in the church grounds, a beautiful stained glass window by William Morris, World War One and Two memorials and the recently restored William Butterfield Mosaic, as well as the church’s connection to W.S. Gilbert, renowned for his comic operas. 

Pupils will help to make a film and website, a special resource pack for other schools and exhibitions for the public, which will be held at the church, school and Headstone Manor and Harrow Museum. There will be a conference for teachers to learn more about teaching heritage. 

Michael Curtin, Headteacher at Weald Junior School, said: 

"It’s great that we have been awarded this grant and we can’t wait to get started. We love where we live and know there’s so much more to discover about our past. We are all really excited about telling other people about our findings and sharing our heritage and history with them."

Harrow Council Cabinet Member for Schools Cllr Janet Mote said: 

"I’m delighted that the Council has been successful in securing this money, It’s important that our schoolchildren feel proud of our borough and its magnificent history, and this project will ensure they do just that."

Sue Bowers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, London said:

"Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that Harrow Weald – One place Different Times can embark on a real journey of discovery. Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area."

Sharing Heritage is a new funding programme to help people across the UK explore, conserve and share all aspects of the history and character of their local area.