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Local Heritage Initiative Archive
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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

Earlswood Lakes

Two bound volumes assessing heritage and project report.

Leaflets, information item, photographs concerning project promotion and documentation.

CD-ROM titled "Earlswood Lakes"

Location: Earlswood, Warwickshire

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

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.


Following publications of reports which begin to explore the benefits of community archives, the study alerts the profession as to the much less well-documented community history groups. These are more common than community archives and bring equally strong benefits, collecting material as a bi-product of their activities

Author: Victoria Goodwin.

The Escaped Nun

A film based on the story of Margaret Moult who in 1909 escaped from a Benedictine convent in East Bergholt. Produced by East Anglian Community Projects, run time 70 minutes

Location: East Bergholt, Suffolk

Red Feather Club

The history and heritage concerning the 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association. File includes a School Pack heritage / history information papers, and promotional leaflets

Location: Horham, Suffolk

An Appreciation of Sudbury’s Ancient Common Lands

Bound booklet titled "An Appreciation of Sudbury’s Ancient Common Lands". Author Adrian Walters, produced by Sudbury Common Lands

Bound file titled "Sudbury Common Lands Environmental Improvements". On behalf of Sudbury Common Lands Charity and The Environment agency. Authors Kirsty Smith and Mike Harding

Location: Sudbury, Suffolk

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