Following our success with receiving an Heritage Lottery Fund, All Our Stories Grant (there were over 1,000 applications and 542 were successful), we now have four research projects running to look at the history of the Park site, and its connection to local people and their lives. If you would like to join in the research for any of these projects please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The development of the research and the project will be recorded on the Parkinson’s Park blog, and will be kept by the Heritage Lottery Fund as a digital record for the future.
Geology – Telling the story of the geological formation of the Park’s surroundings in an information board.
Ecology – Telling the story of certain aspects of the Park’s current ecology.
Archaeology – Looking into the Park’s past and what the land may have been used for and how this linked to the local economy and society.
Cultural History – What do records tell us of the Park’s use by local people, both pre and post 1937. Barbara Winfield is particularly looking for stories of the use of the Park after Frank and Albert Parkinson developed it.
Other organizations receiving All Our Stories grants range from 100 years of Cambridge United Football Club, to an exploration of the development and demise of Nottingham Tower Block living, and why the Chinese community developed in Swansea. We feel very luck to have been awarded a grant, and are keen to involve everyone who would like to make a contribution to The Great British Story.