Lottery windfall for Soham project

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Soham based Viva Arts and Community Group has received £77,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a community project looking at who lived in the area during the Second World War.

It will combine oral history and research to create ‘pop-up’ heritage experiences that will appear at public events, sheltered housing and schools.

According to Viva trustee Michael Hawes the project will be “a bridge for the local people in Soham, Ely, Chatteris and Littleport to discover who lived and worked in their towns.” Volunteers will be given training to find period photos of buildings, conduct interviews with people who remember the times and talk to local people to help gather and record the information.

“We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver this project that will preserve and promote this vital part of East Cambridgeshire’s and UK heritage,” said Mr Hawes. If you would like to be involved call Hetti Wood on 01353 722228 or email vivayouth@hotmail.co.uk