Collection LHI - Local Heritage Initiative Archive

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Local Heritage Initiative Archive


  • c.1998 – 2009 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

Collection totals 13 linear meters, with circa 154GB data held

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Name of creator

(1999 - 2006)

Administrative history

Archival history

Collection catalogued by Peter Morphew, Special Collections & University Archivist, December 2020.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by The Countryside Agency in 2006 and 2007

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Scope and content

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.

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None expected.

System of arrangement

Corporate records arranged chronologically within record genres. Project files have been divided and arranged alphabetically within English counties; based on the event host or activities origination from specific geographic locations within the county.

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Access via appointment in consultation with the archivist.

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