On Thursday 19 November 2020 Bristol Cultural Development Partnership is joining with other recipients of National Lottery funding to say ‘thank you’ to players for their contribution to good causes.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

In February this year we announced that we had been awarded £87,700 through the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) for A Poetic City.

At the time of the announcement, Stuart McLeod, Director London and South at the National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we are pleased to support this project which, through the story of Thomas Chatterton, will explore Bristol’s poetic heritage and inspire new generations to look at the city’s history and future from a new and creative perspective.

Without the generosity of lottery players we would have been unable to bring together such a diverse group of partners to deliver such a wide-ranging programme that has included: new publications; poetry workshops; residencies for writers; an exhibition combining loaned material from Tate London with new artwork developed by young local people; new interpretative material for heritage sites; and online public lectures, among other events. Further details are on the Poetic City page.

The continuing guidance from NLHF staff has been invaluable during a challenging year in which so much of our planned activity has had to be adapted to the restrictions imposed in response to Covid-19.

As part of the 19 November celebration, people are being encouraged to post photos of themselves with their fingers crossed. Below are: Emma Williams, Poetic City Writer in Residence based at The Red Lodge Museum; and Melanie Kelly, BCDP’s Research Director and the project manager for the Poetic City publications.

Emma Williams Poetic City Writer in Residence Red LodgeThanks to You Lottery Photo MKK

The NLHF is the largest dedicated grant funder of the UK’s heritage. Since 1994, it has awarded over £8bn to more than 44,000 projects across the UK.

Among these have been several of our own projects including: Brunel200 (2006), marking the bicentenary of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s birth; four of the Great Reading Adventures (2005-2008); BAC100 (2010), celebrating the centenary of aviation in the Bristol region; Bristol2014 (2014), the biggest programme outside of London to commemorate the start of the First World War; and Homes for  Heroes 100 (2019), recognising the importance of one hundred years of council estates in the city.

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