New history project gets backing from heritage fund

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A CHURCH trust is receiving thousands of pounds to start a new project.

The Saint Agatha’s Trust, of St Agatha’s Church, will be given a £6,700 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The money will be used to start its new project, Landport Remembers.

The oral histories will tell the story of the once-bustling Landport which is now made up of mostly housing and parking.

The project will voice the memories and lives of former residents and their stories will be made available for people in Landport to enjoy.

Stella Newbury, one of the trustees, said: ‘This is a fine opportunity for research into the history of Landport as seen through the eyes of its residents.

‘The material produced will form part of a digital archive available both to schools and visitors alike.

‘We have already located a number of former residents, but anybody else who lived in the area before about 1955 can also contribute.’

The Saint Agatha’s Trust will be working the University of Portsmouth to record the stories.

They will be covering both pre and post Second World War from school days to leisure and the blitz.

St Agatha’s Church, Market Way, is the only building still standing in Landport from pre war times.

The rest was extensively damaged during the war leaving a lot of the area in need of repair.

The money is part of the Sharing Heritage grant and the trust is one of the first groups in the UK to receive funding.

Stuart Macleod, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund south east region, said: ‘Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage.

‘We are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that Landport Remembers can embark on a real journey of discovery.

‘Heritage means such different things to different people, and Heritage Lottery Fund’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.’

Anyone who is interested in sharing their memories of Landport can contact the trust at saint.agatha@btinternet.com or write to St Agatha’s Church, Market Way, Portsmouth, PO1 4AD.