Portsmouth Guildhall wins Â£59,000 Lottery grant to look at its history
OVERÂ 128Â yearsÂ its been the town hall,Â bombed during The Blitz on PortsmouthÂ and played host to future music legendsÂ like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
Now Portsmouth Cultural Trust, which runs theÂ Guildhall, has announcedÂ it hasÂ won aÂ Heritage Lottery Fund grant of Â£59,000 to create a new project tracing the building's fullÂ history, Discovering the Guildhall.
Starting in September, the project, working with a steering group which includes The Portsmouth Music Experience, The University of Portsmouth and The Portsmouth History Centre, will preserve itsÂ defining moments before they are lost, in a digital archive which will be available to everyone.Â
Two short documentary films willÂ be created and the project will conclude with a major two month exhibition at the Guildhall in 2020.
A series of workshops will also be held inÂ local schools, community centres and care homes, with the aim of engaging with residents of all ages. AndÂ Â the trust wants to recruitÂ a team of volunteers, offering research visits to other heritage sites and museums and the chance to develop new skills in archiving, curation, film-making and tour guiding.
Learning and participation manager for the trust, Hayley Reay said: '˜We're hoping to engage with thousands of people, and that's what the HLFÂ money will enable us to do. We want to make a big deal about this because it is a such a big part of the city's history.
'˜The aim is that this will also be a springboard for launching further projects.
'˜We want to create this legacy and something that's permanent. And we want people to be able to access this wherever they are.'
The Discovering the Guildhall project is an important step for the trust as part of its wider Renaissance scheme, which aims to make the Guildhall Square building a trailblazing venue for the future.
It is intended the project will lead to a permanent exhibition.
The trust's CEO, Andy Grays said: We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the Discovering the Guildhall project will engage the city and wider community in exploring the wonderful history of this iconic venue.'
ToÂ register your interest as a volunteer, emailÂ [email protected]