Lancashire residents are being asked for their participation on a new project funded by the Government (MHCLG), and supported by Historic England that encourages communities to identify local heritage, which they value most, for recognition and inclusion on a Local Heritage List.
Local Heritage Assets can include any local buildings, structures, sites and landscapes that have historic or heritage merit and contribute to the character of their area.
There are many buildings across the UK, which are not on the national designated lists i.e. Listed Buildings but remain important at a local level – because they contribute to the character of an area, have local historic associations, are local landmarks or are important to the local community. These could include an interesting local building or property, a cherished local memorial, village hall, mill building or simply an interesting historic feature like a village pump or a local park.
Lancashire is a County that is diverse and rich in heritage and we want through this project to identify what characterises Lancashire and makes it unique and such a fabulous place to live, work and visit.
The central aim of the Lancashire Local List Project is to better recognise locally important heritage assets throughout the County. To do this we want to encourage everyone to be involved and sign up to the project. We need residents and local communities and groups, throughout Lancashire, to go out this autumn and identify local heritage and to nominate those candidate buildings and sites through our dedicated new Web site. The Web site also provides information about the project and guidance on how to contribute.
Buildings or sites nominated through the project will be considered under selection criteria developed from guidance from Historic England.
The year-long project is being co-ordinated by Growth Lancashire on behalf of the Lancashire Authorities.
Tim Webber, the Chairman of Growth Lancashire Ltd, commented;
“This is a really exciting project and we are thrilled to be involved in helping to recognise and record the amazing buildings that Lancashire has to offer. The project is a great opportunity for residents across the County to participate in and I would encourage everyone to do so.”
Ian Bond, Head of Specialist Services at Growth Lancashire Ltd said;
“The purpose of the project is to find out what local heritage Lancashire has and what buildings, monuments and parks residents think are important to them. The success of the project depends greatly on the participation of residents, local groups and organisations to provide an army of volunteers across the County.”
“As part of project we will be offering training to help people and local community groups and organisations to identify local heritage and we have developed a fantastic new Web site where people can view the information collected and to register and nominate buildings. To become involved all you have to do is register on the website.”
For further information and how to register and be a part of the project, please visit the Lancashire local List website.
Growth Lancashire Ltd can be contacted on: 01254 304556