Rural Atlas Funded; History Society Get More Than Pounds 40,000

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Byline: By Ben Guy

A NORTHUMBERLAND history society's attempts to discover the secrets of the past have gathered momentum with a major funding boost.

Chollerton Parish History Society have been awarded pounds 41,800 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the cash will be used to produce an interactive historical atlas over the next two years.

The money will allow the society to work with a team of professional archaeologists and historians to chronicle the development of rural communities in Barrasford and Gunnerton in the Chollerton parish.

Society secretary Geraldine Tate said: "We first applied for it nine months ago, so we were delighted when it was awarded.

"The historical atlas will provide a thorough background to the cultural heritage of the area and provide a basis for members of the community to carry out further work.

"The society volunteers, guided by the archaeologists, will undertake the task of researching and seeking out ancient documents, maps and photographs from various archives, libraries and private collections.

"These will be incorporated in the village atlas which will be preserved and periodically revised for future generations.

The award also includes a provision for the recording of oral histories from older members of the community who will contribute valuable and often humorous anecdotes of village life for inclusion in the atlas. …


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