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£600k heritage lottery grant boost for Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 08:00 09 June 2010 | UPDATED: 22:05 07 July 2010

Norwich Castle.

Norwich Castle.

Matthew Sparkes

Museums in Norfolk will benefit from a £600,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to train young people to record their local heritage.

The Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, which runs 12 museums around the county, will use the money to provide 58 training places for 16 to 19- year-olds.

Museums in Norfolk will benefit from a £600,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to train young people to record their local heritage.

The Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, which runs 12 museums around the county, will use the money to provide 58 training places for 16 to 19-year-olds.

The project will offer training in traditional skills and landscape management which have been important in shaping the region and now play a vital role in tourism.

In partnership with the Museum of East Anglian Life, the organisation will offer short courses and apprenticeships.

As well as traditional skills there will be courses in managing volunteers and using social media, which will also be of benefit to museums in the region.

The investment comes from a national fund of £17m which will be awarded to 54 projects across the country.

It will provide 808 training placements for people across the UK seeking a career in heritage.

Dame Jenny Abramsky, chairman of the HLF, said: "When the recession kicked in last year we thought very hard about how the Heritage Lottery Fund could make a difference to people's lives at a time of real need.

"The answer was an innovative and ambitious programme focusing on equipping people with practical skills to help them secure future employment.

"We have been astounded by the response which clearly shows a great hunger for skills training within our sector.

"We're delighted to be supporting 54 projects - from learning how to digitise archives to conserving historic gardens - and we know that the range of placements on offer will attract people who might not previously have considered working in heritage."

The east of England will receive £1.2m, with the Ipswich and Colchester Museum Service, RSPB and Peterborough Environ-ment City Trust also benefiting.­


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