history trail receives £25,000 lottery funding boost
for a new Burnham-On-Sea history trail showcasing the town's past
have been given a boost following a grant windfall of over £25,000
from the Heritage Lottry Fund.
Sedgemoor Local History Group (NSLHG) has received an award of
£25,200 from the Heritage Lottery alongside a further £1,500
given by Burnham and Highbridge Town Council plus £1,000
from Somerset County Council to develop a heritage trail and supporting
online archive called Capture Burnham.
for the long-awaited trail were first unveiled by Burnham-On-Sea.com
history group will be inviting members of the public to nominate
items for inclusion in the archive and working with different
groups to develop the history trail which will feature a minimum
of 30 locations.
history trail will use QR codes so that visitors with smart phones
can connect with information online whilst a leaflet will enable
those not yet using mobile technology to explore the heritage
and history of Burnham.
Sedgemoor Local History Group chairman John Strickland told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We are thrilled to have received the award and to have the
opportunity to involve people of all ages with this project. We
look forward to receiving nominations from the public, which could
include personal memories, objects or places."
application was made with the support of NSLHG members, the U3A
of Burnham, the Town Council and local media charity Somerset
Head of the HLF in the South West, added: "The long history
of Burnham stretches back to before the Roman era, and is dominated
by the influence of the sea, whether through land reclamation
and flooding, shipping or as a holiday destination. We are delighted
to be able to support the Capture Burnham project, which provides
the opportunity for the rich heritage of the area to be recorded
and made accessible for local people and visitors alike through
the use of both modern technology and more traditional methods."
project will be officially launched at a free event at the Princess
Theatre in Burnham on Saturday 8th February from 7pm, during which
there will be a chance to find out how members of the public can
get involved, to learn more about the history of Burnham and to
see archive film footage of the town.
for the event are free from the Princess Theatre on 01278 784464.
Further public events, talks for local schools and workshops will
also follow and nomination cards and boxes will be available from
key locations such as the Tourist Information Centre and Burnham
Library following the launch. The group hopes to complete the
trail and online site by August 2014.
Burnham-On-Sea's Marchent's Bakery shop where Specsavers is currently
located; centre - Burnham Bowling Club members taken in 1906;
and, above, the Pavilion soon after opening