York Civic Trust project celebrating the city’s heritage awarded £250k

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The three-year, city-wide programme of events is hoped to uncover the city’s collective history and present new interpretations of its heritage.

A three-year, city-wide programme of events celebrating York’s heritage has been awarded £249,999 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Beginning next year, the York Trailblazers project comes from York Civic Trust, working in partnership with York’s destination management organisation Make it York and partners within the city.

Trailblazers is hoped to bring to life York’s collective history for residents and visitors, through workshops, sculpture trail, community grant funding, partner events and marketing.

A mix of 40 organisations, from small voluntary groups to big institutions, have supported York Civic Trust and Make It York’s bid to create the Trailblazers project.

Shaped around significant anniversaries, the project is hoped to inspire residents and visitors understanding of York’s collective history, and “empower new generations to create and discover new interpretations of our heritage”.

Anne Jenkins, Executive Director of Business Delivery at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “We are thrilled to be able to support York Civic Trust and Make It York in celebrating and exploring the significant heritage that their city is home to.

Jenkins said the project “will allow local communities to delve into the varied history of their city and help others discover stories they haven’t heard before.

“York is home to fascinating heritage and we know it is a great way of bringing people together and creating a sense of pride of place, that in turn can deliver much wider benefits, and we’re excited to see how this project achieves just that.”