£585k lottery grant to fund Lincolnshire heritage skills placements

The Historic Environment Skills project has been awarded a grant of £585,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project will offer training to those who wish to gain traditional and specialist skills, but may not currently have relevant experience or qualifications.

Delivered through a partnership between Lincolnshire County Council’s Heritage Skills Centre, Heritage Trust Lincolnshire and Lincoln Cathedral, it will provide 21 bursaries over four years across the East Midlands with a focus in Lincolnshire.

The bursaries will enable 21 trainees to learn a range of skills that relate to the historic environment and the heritage sector.

These include traditional building skills, archaeology, managing a building conservation project and community engagement.

The project also aims to engage with thousands of people through outreach events and invite at least 100 people to take part in taster sessions.

Councillor Nick Worth, Executive Member for Culture at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “It’s vitally important we pass on these skills to help protect our historic buildings for future generations.

“Not only will this be a unique opportunity for 21 individuals to train on historic sites and buildings, but it will also allow craftspeople who have struggled to take on trainees in the past to pass on their skills.”

Carol Heidschuster, Works Manager at Lincoln Cathedral, added: “We are delighted that the cathedral will be able to benefit from this funding and continue to develop the skills required to maintain our beautiful built heritage.”

Anyone interested in the project should contact Amy Knychala at the Heritage Skills Centre via [email protected]