Glasgow Story Collective wins Heritage Lottery Support
Glasgow Story Collective has received a National Lottery grant of £52,900 for an exciting new heritage project, ‘Nitshill Memories: An oral history of a former mining village’. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, this intergenerational oral history project will capture the rich social history of Nitshill, Glasgow, whilst focusing on the impact of Glasgow’s post-war slum clearance programmes on the former mining village and its people.
Volunteers with this community-led project will be trained and supported by Dr Sue Morrison, a professional historian, to research the past and create a unique digital oral history archive of 40+ interviews with local people. A film maker will work with volunteers to film and edit a number of interviews and produce a film about the project. We and our volunteers will create an illustrated time-line showing significant events, produce an oral history book detailing Nitshill’s rich history and host a series of reminiscence events and coffee mornings for local people. We will create an innovative oral history website and a mobile exhibition to take into schools, libraries and social venues across Scotland. We and the oral historian will work with local schools to capture oral histories and teach pupils about their local heritage, and we will hold a celebration launch of the project involving presentations, screenings of the project films, a public exhibition, and key note speakers from Nitshill.
Commenting on the award, Donald MacLean, Chairperson, said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project will promote and preserve Nitshill’s social and industrial heritage.”
Lucy Casot, Head of HLF Scotland, said: “So much of our local history is woven into people’s reminiscences and experiences. Nitshill Memories: An oral history of a former mining village will capture these elements of our shared history that is in danger of disappearing as it slips out of human memory. Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF is able to support such projects that conserve people’s contribution to their heritage.”
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