Two local heritage projects have received top honours at the Lincolnshire Heritage Awards event held last week at Gainsborough Old Hall.
A collaborative project between Market Rasen Business Improvement Group (MR BIG) and Rase Heritage Society was the winner in the Best Use of Digital Resources category.
The Market Rasen Virtual Tour interactive website was launched last December and provides a tour of the town featuring notable buildings, people and events, accessible on the internet and mobile phones.
“This award is a great achievement for all involved in the All Our Stories project,” said Hazel Barnard, former chairman of Rase Heritage.
“It was an interesting mix with people like myself and Rase Heritage Society looking back through history for the actual stories and then the people who look forward with the technical know how to produce an amazing piece of work that shows how the old and new can become one for the enjoyment of all.”
Sara Scott, chairman of MR BIG, collected the award, along with Hazel and Angela Montague of Push Creativity, who built the website.
“This was really about one organisation focused on the past and another focused on the future, coming together to create a consumer focused product that delivers the best of both worlds in an interesting and engaging fashion was good,” said Sara.
“We outsourced the creative delivery of the project and the value they (Push Creativity) added in bringing the audio and video elements of the tour to life are what really makes the tour stand out from similar online projects.”
And it isn’t the first award the website has received; the project was a joint winner of the annual Flora Murray Award, announced at the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology AGM.
“There is so much history of this old market town, and I am delighted that the project’s two recent awards will mean more people discover the stories we have to tell,” added Angela Montague.
To see the award-winning project log on to www.marketrasenheritagetour.co.uk
Also being honoured at the Heritage Awards was Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre, which won the Young People In Heritage category for ‘Caistories’.
The project saw children and young people from the town interviewing local people to create a series of written and digital biographies, as well as attending film-making workshops to help create their own short films about living in Caistor.
The group’s achievements include a music video, a Vox Pop film of local people’s thoughts about the town and a backstage look at Caistor Amateur Dramatic group (CATS).
Stephanie Dale, Susan Nicholson and Rose Davies collected the award on behalf of the young people and volunteers involved in the Heritage Lottery Funded Project.
“We were delighted to represent everyone involved, it was so rewarding to see young people and older members of the community working together to create a time bank of memories for future generations,” Stephanie.
“We plan to hold our own celebration party with some of the people who took part to share in this achievement that we are so proud of.”
The films and biographies can be seen at the centre or visit www.28ploughhill.co.uk