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Local Heritage Initiative Archive

  • LHI
  • Collection
  • c.1998 – 2009

The collection is comprised of the outputs of an England-wide Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) project where communities were given money to produce something tangible on their local heritage. Subjects covered include archaeology, agriculture, history and heritage, oral histories, music and literature. Material includes books, pamphlets, photographs, reports, posters, postcards, other ephemera, multi-media including CDs, VHS, cassettes, reel tapes and floppy disks.

Local Heritage Initiative (LHI) was a unique partnership between HLF, Countryside Agency who managed the operation, and Nationwide Building Society. Beginning in 2000, the scheme awarded over 1000 grants throughout England until formerly ending in 2006. Described as a small funding scheme that aimed to enable communities to investigate, explain, and care for their local landmarks, landscape, traditions and culture.

The scheme recorded significant environmental impact in re-establishing traditional management practices; improved management of habitats and safe access to them; subsequently leading to positive economic benefits for communities involved.

Countryside Agency


Newsletter titled Yorkshire and the Humber 2003; North West February 2004; South East issue one

LHI conference

Booklet concerning the LHI conference, hosted by the British Museum, 10 March 2004

Booklet concerning the LHI event titled Making Connections; sharing knowledge and ideas. Mainly concerning a conference report held in York 8 - 9 February 2005

LHI Grant Offer Pack

Folder includes a plate of LHI stickers; document titled publicity for the scheme and logo; guidelines; blank grant claim form for LHI; blank LHI progress report; blank LHI competition report; blank in-kind record sheet for LHI grant; LHI initiative terms and conditions and reporting requirements

LHI teacher resources

Films, JPGs, Microsoft Word & PDF documents

Research conducted by the Local Heritage Initiative (LHI) in 2004 revealed teachers found lesson plans too prescriptive. A need was identified for ideas and activities that could be integrated into a teacher’s own classroom requirements. Online resources provided lesson plans for key stage 3 (KS3) subjects, but educational resources that generated ideas about teaching local heritage were scarce.

In order to collect feedback from teachers, LHI staff joined discussion forums on the Times Educational Supplement (TAS) website in September and October 2004. The result of this consultation showed that many teachers would prefer to use curriculum linked ideas sheets to teach local heritage rather than lesson plans.

The activity sheets were produced for geography, history and citizenship subject areas. Each sheet contains a series of ideas linked to the National Curriculum and the QCA/DfES schemes of work.

The sheets were designed to encourage teachers to include local heritage in their lesson plans. They enabled teachers to fulfill the demands of the National Curriculum while at the same time allowing them to create tailor made lesson plans based on their specific needs.

The activity sheets allowed teachers to interest and inspire young people to find out more about local heritage and community projects. To ensure that this material continued to provide a useful local heritage resource for teachers, the resources was offered to other organisations.

All the activity sheets were updated at the beginning of 2006, with intention that activity sheets could be used as a stand-alone resource after the closure of the Local Heritage Initiative programme.

Business Plan & Report on Pilot Projects

CD Rom "Information and communications technology study demonstrations" containing a total of 1.40MB data concerning images and text from original website c.2000s. Produced by Simulacra Media for the Countryside Agency

Bound booklet "LHI business plan initiative phase II" 29 April 1999

Bound booklet "LHI business plan annexes" 29 April 1999

Bound booklet "LHI information and technology study report" 29 April 1999 prepared by Simulacra Media for the Countryside Agency.

Bound booklet "LHI report of pilot projects" April 1999

Bound booklet "LHI Marketing, PR and Sponsorship Strategy by WS Atkins Planning Consultants and Kartupelis Associates" April 1999

Reviewing LHI

Booklet titled "Lessons Learnt: A review of the Local Heritage Initiative 2000 - 2006"

Booklet titled "A collection of LHI projects from across England 2000-2006". includes DVD holding 1.18GB data, titled sharing the LHI messages and corporate information

Booklet titled A review of the LHI ICT and website project 2000-2006.

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