Funding awards to give the whole story

Market Rasen and Caistor will be taking part in a project to document the area’s history through the stories of the people who have lived there.

MR BIG, Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre and Lincolnshire Montessori are among the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) All Our Stories grant.

Rase Heritage Society will be working with Market Rasen’s Buisness Initiative Group (MR BIG) to tell the story of the town’s buildings and residents over the years.

The project has been awarded £8,900 and MR BIG will be putting in £1,000 of their own funds too.

Plans are to gather 20 or more brief descriptions of people or buildings who have a story to tell, with a public vote to decide which will go on to be researched in depth.

MR BIG will then work to enhance the research to bring the stories to life through various mediums.

Caistories is the title of the project for Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre, which has received a funding award of £9,814.

The project will capture real-life stories about Caistor and the surrounding villages over the past 100 years.

“We are all really excited about telling other people about our findings and sharing our heritage and history with them,” said centre manager Stephanie Dale.

”We love where we live and know there’s so much more to discover about our past - we can’t wait to get started.”

A major part of the Caistories project will focus on rural trades, and lost industries.

The town once boasted clockmakers, bakers, grocers and chair makers among its inhabitants, while nearby in Nettleton the ironstone mine employed hundreds of local residents.

The £5,100 grant for Lincolnshire Montessori will see them go Searching for the Golden Fleece.

Led by The Children’s House Consultancy, a social enterprise based at Lincolnshire Montessori, the project will research the history of their site at Caistor Top - the former Fleece Inn, once home to the largest sheep fair in England and a focal point for miles around.

All our Stories is a new small grant programme, launched earlier this year, in support of the BBC Two television series The Great British Story, presented by historian Michael Wood, and has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage.

With HLF funding and support, community groups will carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.