Valley Heritage gains Historic England support

Valley Heritage has been awarded a £37,400 grant from Historic England to digitally record the condition of a range of historic buildings and sites in Rossendale.

Christians Ltd releasing the survey drone over Quarry Bank

Working alongside a range of partners, including Rossendale Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and Christians Ltd, Valley Heritage’s project will enable the creation of detailed scans and digital photographic records of sites that include Lee Quarry, St Saviours’ Church and Rawtenstall Liberal Club. These records will create a ‘snapshot in time’ of these important heritage sites, and will provide vital data that can be used by professionals involved in their repair and restoration.

Valley Heritage is also hoping to make the data available to local community groups, heritage groups and schools as a valuable learning and training resource.

The grant has been made available through Historic England’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. The fund was established to support projects and activities that respond to the current crisis and will contribute to recovery in the heritage sector.

The drone in action
Commenting on the award, Valley Heritage Chair Stephen Anderson said:

“Valley Heritage is thrilled to have received this grant, enabling us to work with partners to create an accessible digital record of a number of historic buildings and sites within Rossendale.”

Catherine Dewar, Regional Director for Historic England in the North West, said:

“We’re really pleased to be able to support Valley Heritage in this important project. By scanning and photographing a range of important historic sites in Rossendale, we can all better understand their condition and how best to look after them. Rossendale is a stunning part of Lancashire and its heritage is an irreplaceable part of its character.  Valley Heritage plays a fundamental role in helping to ensure that the area’s beautiful old historic places are part of its future.”

Anyone wishing to find out more or to keep up with developments with the project should contact Valley Heritage at info@valleyheritage.org.uk or follow us on social media via Twitter @Valley_Heritage or Instagram @valleyheritage

For more press information and interview requests please contact: Rachael Gildert on rachael.gildert@valleyheritage.org.uk

More information about the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund: https://historicengland.org.uk/coronavirus/fund/

Notes to Editors
About Valley Heritage

Valley Heritage is a Charity; a Building Preservation Trust established in 2015, seeking to breathe new life into Rossendale’s heritage, through events and activities, active care for buildings and through finding new use for historic buildings

About Historic England

We are Historic England the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment, from beaches and battlefields to parks and pie shops. We protect, champion and save the places that define who we are and where we’ve come from as a nation. We care passionately about the stories they tell, the ideas they represent and the people who live, work and play among them. Working with communities and specialists we share our passion, knowledge and skills to inspire interest, care and conservation, so everyone can keep enjoying and looking after the history that surrounds us all.  We fundraise from individuals, charitable trusts and foundations and public sector bodies to enable us to deliver those aspects of our work that are not funded by our Government grant.

About Christians Ltd

Christians provide a wide range of survey and digital documentation services for a range of sectors including the heritage sector, our aim is to digitise the past for the future generations using the latest technology.