The Northumberland village halls heritage project gets underway for the second year, thanks to the work from Community Action Northumberland. Find out what this means for rural communities and how you can get involved.
A new cohort of 16 Village Halls have joined the Heritage project led by Community Action Northumberland, for the second year. The Halls involved are: Cambo, Chatton, Craster, Crookham, Ellington, Etal, Felton, Glanton, Hindmarsh, Humshaugh, Ingram Valley, Norham, Stannington, Thropton, Warkworth and Wingates.
This brings the total number involved to 31 halls taking part in researching, recording and preserving the heritage of their village hall for future generations, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and in partnership with Northumberland Archives.
Some halls have hosted events for other heritage volunteers to come along and share their documents, photographs and research plans which has been fantastic to see such collaboration. Community Action Northumberland (CAN) are currently designing a new training session to focus on ways to display heritage findings/photographs and artefacts. Ideas so far include advice on making interpretation boards, designing a book or pamphlet, digital tours and how to arrange physical displays. The book and website to share the findings of the project are already underway, aiming to be a celebration of what village halls mean and have always meant to their communities. There is a dedicated Facebook group for any Northumberland Village hall to get involved in the project and share their stories and photographs.
Anyone can join the group to ask questions and get tips and advice on researching your hall's heritage.