Oxborough History Group wins lottery cash boost

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Oxborough History Group has received an £8,500 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant for a new project charting the history of the village.

The project will produce a book recounting the history of Oxborough from earliest times and including photographs and memories of the villagers, thanks to the support of the fund’s Sharing Heritage initiative.

Group secretary Kelvin Smith said: “We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for this award and also to the many villagers that helped to make this project a reality. We can’t wait to get started.

“Oxborough is a special place to live and we 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.”

The group will also produce a booklet about the men from Oxborough who served in the First World War, hold exhibitions and displays, issue activity packs and leaflets, and dig archaeological pits. They hope to involve as many local people, particularly school children, as possible.

The group will provide training to volunteers to develop their skills in research, using archives, oral history, presentational skills and archaeology.

Residents are also being encouraged to talk about their memories and those of their families, of living and working in Oxborough.

These will form the basis of a unique oral history of the village.

And the group will also involve local schools as much as possible and hopes to be working closely with Norfolk County Council’s Historic Environment Service. An archive of Oxborough and its people will be developed and made readily available to everyone to research and enjoy.

Stuart Hobley, development manager for the Heritage Lottery Fund, East of England, 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 the Oxborough History Group 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.”