Heritage Lottery grant awarded to Walking Heritage project

29 July 2016

Canterbury Christ Church University academic, Sonia Overall, has received a Heritage Lottery grant for her project, Walking Heritage.

The £4,000 award will enable Sonia, who is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University and a Sandwich-based writer, to deliver a series of interactive walks exploring the ‘hidden’ history and heritage of Sandwich’s ancient streets.

Walking Heritage will include family-friendly and accessible walks and creative workshops that will run throughout August and September. They will also produce maps and quirky publications to help visitors and locals get the most out of walking the town, including a ‘not-the-blue-plaque tour’ of Sandwich and a book of suggestions for ‘Walking Sideways in Sandwich’.

Sonia, said: “We are delighted to be awarded this grant and can’t wait to get started. Sandwich is a fascinating place and even after walking here daily for many years, I continue to find hidden treasures in the streets and buildings. This project is all about looking afresh at the things we pass every day and often take for granted. I am really excited to be working with such a range of enthusiastic and knowledgeable people and sharing our heritage discoveries with locals and visitors.”

As well as drawing on Sonia’s work in creative writing, the project is supported by experts from the Sandwich History Society, English Heritage, the Royal Geographical Society and walking artist Phil Smith of Wrights and Sites.

For the map trails, the times and dates of the walking workshops or for more information about Walking Hertiage visit: http://www.b-a-s-h.org.uk/walking-heritage/.  

Notes to editors

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2013/14 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

  • Sharing Heritage is for any not-for-profit group wanting to explore their community’s heritage. With a commitment from HLF of £3m each year, Sharing Heritage grants between £3,000 and £10,000 are now available to groups who want to discover their local heritage. Projects can cover a wide spectrum of subject matter from exploring local archaeology and a community’s cultures and traditions to identifying and recording local wildlife and protecting the surrounding environment to managing and training volunteers, and holding festivals and events to commemorate the past.
  • Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.

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