Parkinson’s Park Now ‘Officially’ Part of The Great British Story

We are thrilled to hear that Parkinson’s Park has been successful in our application for a Heritage Lottery Fund ‘All Our Stories’ grant to explore the history – geological, cultural and ecological – of Parkinson’s Park. A key feature of receiving the grant is the involvement of local people in the research – the output will include, information boards, leaflets, schools materials, and maybe even a film,  to help local people pass on and understand the area’s heritage.

The Heritage Lottery Fund  developed the  All Our Stories Grant programme, in support of the BBC’s The Great British Story – A People’s History.  This was presented by Michael Wood, and broadcast on BBC Two earlier in 2012.  The purpose of the grant and BBC programme, was to inspire local people to want to discover more about their own place in history.  Grants ranging from £3,000 – £10,000 were available for projects such as researching local historic landmarks, learning more about customs and traditions to delving into archives and finding out the origins of street and place names.

The project FOPP put forward was to explore the story of Parkinson’s Park, from the ice age forces that shaped it, through its use in medieval farming, the change from agricultural to industrial society, and 19th and 20th century philanthropy and Practical Idealism.  The work we will now undertake will include historical, geological and ecological research culminating in various ways of telling that story to both current and future generations.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the research for the FOPP All Our Stories project, please email us on

About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Director and Vice Chair of Friends of Parkinson's Park CIC, Chair of Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Now retired after a career as a Business Analyst and Advisor.
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