2017 – The year that the King Returned to Hoghton Tower after 400 years!
The Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, Project LEAP!
This was a 2 year education and engagement project run from Hoghton Tower in Lancashire in partnership with the University of Lancaster’s history department.
The project aimed to educate and inspire the next generation by bringing to life a key event in the Tower’s history, the 1617 visit of King James I of England, and allowing people to delve deeper into history and discover new information about that time.
The project galvanized interest and created new ways for everyone to discover, learn about and participate in this heritage site. The community was able to get involved in many different ways:
• oral history sessions – captured the memories of the local community around Hoghton Tower for generations to come;
• volunteer-led archival work;
• bursaries for research – to unearth previously unseen and unknown facts,
• local schools benefitted from outreach sessions led by our knowledgeable guides;
• local school children were able to take part in the creation of a digital presentation about the Tower which is now available to view in the Stables Gift Shop providing greater access to the heritage for those not taking a tour.
• funded school events such as the Tudor and Stuart Take Over Days and Dining At The King’s Table saw local schools benefitting from free workshops with transport funded as part of the package.
• participation in the James 1st Anniversary event in July 2017 which brought together much of the research that had taken place.
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery