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'Stories of Enfield' - could you be a storyteller?
11 May 2021 00:58 #6183

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Enfield Council has received funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a series of community heritage activities - Stories of Enfield. Community organisations and individuals who have ideas for suitable activities are invited to apply for training which will enable them to devise, develop and deliver their projects. The range of possible subject matter is broad, and there are many different ways in which each story could be presented.

Do you have an Enfield story to tell?

stories of enfieldDo you have a building, an object, a tradition, a memory or a place in the borough you want to explore and engage others with?

Enfield Council are interested in hearing from any not-for-profit organisation or individual who lives works or studies in Enfield who wants to run a heritage project. Grants are available of in between £3000 - £10,000 and our training programme running in June will support you in creating and delivering heritage projects, ranging from museum exhibitions and theatre performances to guided walks and dance pieces that celebrate Enfield’s heritage.

As a first step, please contact the council's Cultural Heritage Development Officer, , for more details and to discuss your heritage project idea by 23rd May

national lottery heritage fund logoThe Stories of Enfield project will be funded by a grant of £83,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which in 2019 designated Enfield as one of 13 local authorities which will be prioritised for funding over a five-year period. The council anticipates a total of between 10 and 15 projects, with project grants likely to range from £3,000 to £10,000.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has specified that its money should be spent on involving a wider range of people in heritage activities and that there should be "a particular focus on reaching those millions of people in the UK who are typically under-represented in heritage or who face barriers to being involved" - including disabled people, young people, people from minority ethnic and LGBT+ communities and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

What the council says about Stories of Enfield

Through this project we will work with partners and local communities to increase the visibility of Enfield’s heritage. We will enable Enfield residents to get involved in heritage and we will show how heritage can make a real difference to people’s lives, building a positive sense of place. By supporting and sharing stories of our local community and engaging people with heritage, Enfield will become an even better place to live, work in and visit. Residents will feel more equipped and more confident to take ownership of Enfield’s heritage and continue to explore the rich history of the borough.

The council will be using a broad definition of "heritage", to include:

  • stories (of communities, organisations, activism and ideas)
  • cultures (including food, dance, music, languages and crafts)
  • parks, green spaces and natural habitats
  • objects, buildings and archaeological remains
  • faiths
  • memories
  • traditional sports and games.

The ways in which the projects could be presented also cover a wide spectrum, including:

  • exhibitions
  • festivals
  • oral histories
  • art installations
  • theatre pieces
  • reminiscence sessions
  • cookery classes
  • outdoor trails.

Before applying for grants to run a project groups and individuals will attend seven training sessions (to be held in June, probably online, depending on the Covid situation) which will teach them how to identify their heritage, identify an objective for their projects, develop activities, engage audiences and more.

The Stories of Enfield project will be run by a steering committee comprising six Enfield residents plus council staff.

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'Stories of Enfield' project funding - winners announced
06 Oct 2021 22:27 #6184

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Enfield Council has announced the winning bids for Heritage Lottery Fund money to enable community groups to carry out projects that tell Enfield Stories (see this article from May 2021 .)

The list includes the Palmers Green Action Team, Talkies Community Cinema, St Anne's School and others with PG connections. This is all the detail that we have for the time being.

Full list of Stories of Enfield
  • Sisters in Islam Muslim Youth Club, who will be working with volunteers to explore the stories of first- and second-generation Bangladeshis in Enfield
  • Christ Church Southgate, who will be exploring the heritage of their pre-raphaelite stained glass windows through events with Enfield residents, including stained glass making workshops.
  • St Anne’s Catholic High School for Girls will be engaging with students to explore the heritage of the Enfield beast and family heraldry.
  • Enfield Racial Equalities Council will be working with volunteers to explore historic and contemporary issue faced by BAME communities in Enfield.
  • Fischer Cheng Architects and community organisation REACT will be installing a new poetry trail linking Fore Street with Meridian Water.
  • Enfield Archaeological Society will be excavating at Elsyng Palace and putting on Tudor themed events for Enfield residents.
  • Pymmes Park Bowls Club will be working with artists Olivier Wright and Amy Dolan to explore the history and heritage of bowls through community murals.
  • Forty Hall vineyard will be working with diverse communities from Enfield to produce an exhibition exploring memorable green spaces and sanctuaries.
  • Turkish Cypriot Community Association will be exploring migration and the impact the Turkish Cypriots have made across Enfield.
  • Palmers Green Action Team will be threading the poetry of Stevie Smith throughs Palmers Green High Street through calligraphy.
  • MHA communities will be delivering an intergenerational project where young volunteers interview older residents about their memories of Enfield. These interviews will then be accessible through QR codes threaded across Enfield Town.
  • Pymmes BrookERS will be uncovering the past, present and future of the Pymmes Brook through walking tours, a commission film and performance poetry.
  • Talkies Community Cinema will be exploring the live of Archbishop Costakis Evangelou and the impact he has made in Enfield through a commissioned film.

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'Stories of Enfield' - could you be a storyteller?
16 Oct 2021 23:21 #6190

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Here's some slightly more detailed information taken from the council website

Enfield Council has awarded over £100,000 to community heritage projects as part of its ‘Stories of Enfield’ programme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

‘Stories of Enfield’ has brought together groups from across the borough to share ideas about Enfield’s heritage and to receive training in planning and delivering cultural heritage work.

A total of 32 groups put forward ideas and a steering group including local residents selected the best projects to take forward.

In all, 13 community heritage projects will receive National Lottery funding through the scheme, all of which will explore aspects of Enfield’s heritage and provide exciting opportunities for borough residents.

The projects reflect the rich and diverse identity of Enfield, including the histories of different cultural groups, buildings, parks and rivers and even the “Enfield” itself, the borough’s heraldic symbol. Residents will have the opportunity to attend story telling sessions, follow poetry and art trails, visit exhibitions, watch a new short film about Edmonton resident “The Boxing Bishop” and take part in learning about and celebrating the borough’s history.

The 13 grant funded projects are:

• Sisters in Islam Muslim Youth Club will be working with volunteers to record and showcase the stories of first and second-generation Bangladeshi people in Enfield.

• Christ Church Southgate will be exploring the heritage of their pre-Raphaelite stained glass windows through events with Enfield residents, including stained glass making workshops.

• St Anne’s Catholic High School for Girls, in partnership with local artist Joe Robinson, will be engaging students with the heritage of the Enfield beast and family heraldry.

• Enfield Racial Equality Council will be working with volunteers to investigate historic and contemporary issue faced by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in Enfield. This will result in an exhibition.

• Fisher Cheng Architects and community organisation REACT will be installing a new poetry trail linking Fore Street with Meridian Water.

• Enfield Archaeological Society will be excavating at Elsyng Palace and putting on Tudor themed events for Enfield residents.

• Pymmes Park Bowls Club, in partnership with artists Olivier Wright and Amy Dolan, will portray the history and heritage of bowls and bowls clubs through community murals.

• Forty Hall Vineyard will be inviting diverse migrant community groups from Enfield to produce an exhibition exploring memorable green spaces and sanctuaries.

• The Turkish Cypriot Community Association will be exploring migration and the impact the Turkish Cypriot community has made across Enfield.

• Palmers Green Action Team will be threading the poetry of renowned poet Stevie Smith on surfaces through Palmers Green High Street using calligraphy.

• MHA Communities will be delivering an intergenerational project where young volunteers interview older residents about their memories of Enfield. These interviews will then be accessible through QR codes across Enfield Town.

• Pymmes BrookERS will be diving into the past, present and future of the Pymmes Brook through walking tours, a commissioned film, and performance poetry.

• Talkies Community Cinema will be exploring the life and work of Archbishop Costakis Evangelou and the powerful impact he has made in Enfield through a commissioned film.

Enfield Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Ian Barnes, said: “These projects demonstrate how heritage can make a real difference to people’s lives, building a positive sense of place. We’re incredibly proud of the contribution all of our communities have made to Enfield’s heritage and that is reflected in the grant awards.

“We are committed to connecting residents and bringing our communities together by embracing Enfield’s shared identity to help create a borough where people from all backgrounds get on well together.”

These projects reflect the Council’s new cultural strategy, Culture Connects, which focuses on connecting people through celebrations of shared Enfield identity.

All the projects will be developed and delivered over the following year, running from October 2021 to November 2022. Events as part of these projects will be announced through Enfield Council’s communications platforms.

Source: new.enfield.gov.uk/news-and-events/telling-the-story-of-heritage-in-enfield/

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