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Roof repair work starts at Camp Farm Maryport

We are very pleased that work on site has started at Camp Farm today, with the erection of scaffolding in preparation for repair work to the roofs of some of the most vulnerable farm buildings. We will shortly be starting on the former bothy space to give us a base from which to hold events on site. More news and images as we complete these first steps in the rescue of these Victorian Farm Buildings.

Opportunity to work for the Canal and River Trust in Fazeley, Hatton or Milton Keynes

The Canal and River Trust are recruiting for a Skills Project Manager to run their Skills for the Future programme. Applications open until 19th February, and interviews will be held on 25th February 2016. Please apply through the website link below.

One of the UK's biggest charities, they maintain 2000 miles of historic canals, rivers, docks and reservoirs, along with museums, archives and the country's third largest collection of protected historic buildings - preserving them for future generations. Their mission is to have by 2020 a thriving, sustainalbe waterway network cherished by a public that shares a deep sense of responsibility for its wellbeing. Achieving this will be a fascinating challenge.

To find out more, and apply for the post, visit the canal and river trust website here

Local History Event Saturday 30th January - Port Carlisle

Please come along and help to explore the history of Port Carlisle from before the canal and railway were even there, to the more recent past.
Event being held at the Methodist Chapel in the village from 10 - 3pm. See poster below for more information.

First School Visit to Warwick Bridge Corn Mill

Group of school children stood outside the corn mill12th January 2016.
This week we welcomed 5 classes of children from Warwick Bridge Primary School to look around the Corn Mill for the very first time. The children were fascinated by the milling machinery which is still in situ at the mill and were keen to learn more about how the site used to operate. The whole school has now visited the site and pupils will be working on projects relating to the mill and milling, with an end of term presentation event in February.

Coastal Revival Fund Success

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We are delighted to announce that we are one of the 77 successful projects to be funded through the government's Coastal Revival Fund.
The Coastal Revival Fund grant will help make the derelict farmstead safe to enable NECT to involve the public from the very start of the journey that will lead to the restoration of the model farm and making the Roman site one of West Cumbria’s landmark assets.
Over the coming months NECT will use the grant to undertake urgent repairs to the most
vulnerable historic buildings and create a ‘base camp’ in the former bothy so that groups
can experience the site while it is still in its raw state. Activities will involve learning about
how to survey historic buildings, including both history and habitat, to generating ideas
about the site’s future. Cumbria has a number of important model farms from when
agriculture was being modernised in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Camp
Farm was created by the Senhouse family but while it was a working farm it was not open
to the public – until now. Learning firsthand from a real life model farm about how
agriculture shaped life and fed the folk of Maryport will be a valuable new experience. The
Roman world and then the Senhouse family are chapters in the story of the link between
fort and port, farm and family – a story to tell the visitor to Maryport.

The full list of the successful bids is available on the DCLG press release, which you can see on this link here

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Warwick Bridge Corn Mill project receives HLF support

North of England Civic Trust is excited to announce that it has been awarded a grant of £1,379,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards its ambitious £2m project for the historic corn mill in Warwick Bridge.

Warwick Bridge Corn Mill dates from the early 1800s and is listed Grade II*. It has appeared on Historic England's At Risk Register for 15 years.

Links to the full press release and media coverage below.

Funding news: we have recently been awarded grants from Historic England, the Headley Trust and the Garfield Weston Foundation towards the Corn Mill project leading us nearer to our ambitious £2M total for the project and enabling work to commence on site to protect the building from the worst of the winter weather. Our thanks to all who have supported us so far. If you would like to support our project please get in touch!

Heritage Skills Initiative Wins European Award!

Heritage Skills Initiative has won an EU/Europa Nostra Cultural Heritage award under the Education, Training and Awareness-Raising category. The 28 award winners, selected from 263 applications submitted by organisations and individuals from 29 countries, are honoured for outstanding achievements in four categories: 1) conservation, 2) research and digitization, 3) dedicated service to heritage, and 4) education, training and awareness-raising.

Since its foundation, Heritage Skills Initiative has delivered 150,000 hours of training and engagement with over 37,000 people. Its activities range from Taster Days, master classes, lectures, conferences to a variety of tailor-made events; also there have been 11 building bursaries of over 6 months’ duration and 53 heritage engineering bursaries of 12 months’ duration. 91% of the engineering trainees continued into heritage and engineering employment. 40% of the participants for practical hands-on training are women. In addition, nearly 500 children between 13 and 15, from 25 schools, have taken part in the programme.

For more information about the awards and the other category winners, please see the press release below.