Clifton Park Museum secures National Lottery support for its’ Place Makers: Future Shapers project

Published Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
Museum at Clifton Park
Clifton Park Museum

Rotherham Heritage Services, based at Clifton Park Museum, has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £49,200 for an exciting heritage project working with young people.

The Place Makers: Future Shapers project, made possible through money raised by National Lottery players, focuses on working with children and young people to explore and make improvements to heritage engagement at Rotherham’s Clifton Park and Museum.
Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will enable local young people to explore the heritage of Clifton Park Museum and improve museum services. 
A young people’s board will be established to shape, influence and begin to transform Clifton Park Museum for the long-term, to create a museum relevant to all its visitors and local residents, but with a particular focus on meeting the needs and interests of children and young people.
The project will improve participation and engagement by young people, and provide opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge around heritage.
Activities will include the opportunity to participate in a Youth Advisory Board,, a Young Curators Group to co-produce and develop a new temporary exhibition and engagement events, as well as a variety of training opportunities for heritage staff, volunteers and work placements. 
The project will focus and explore Clifton Park and Museum, along with the history and development of local communities surrounding the site in Clifton, East Dene and Herringthorpe. 
Clifton House, originally built in 1783 for the renowned Walker family became Rotherham’s municipal museum in 1893. Clifton Park, originally the grounds of Clifton House, became Rotherham’s second public park (officially opened on 25th June 1891). It is a grade 2* listed building designed by John Carr and Clifton Park is listed within the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens for its special historic interest. 
Rotherham Heritage Services will work with young people around these historic sites to encourage them to engage with their local heritage and to be involved in transforming Clifton Park and Museum to meet the needs and interests of future generations of young people. 
Commenting on the award, Polly Hamilton, Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director for Culture, Tourism and Sport, said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and look forward to seeing more young people become actively involved with the Museum’s future planning to meet their needs and interests. 
“In Rotherham we are committed to encouraging participation from our young people and this project will deliver long-term changes to encourage them to participate and engage with their local heritage.”

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