[T]hanks to National Lottery players, Penrith and Eden Museum has received £3,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, ‘Landmarks of Eden’. The project explores the ways in which the landscape and landmarks of the Eden Valley affect the people who live here.
The Eden landscape is full of prehistoric monuments and sites, which have long inspired the work of local artists and are of major archaeological importance. The project will work with four local schools to explore the heritage landmarks on our doorstep, the ways in which artists have engaged with them, and how they contribute to the children’s own sense of place and belonging. Children will learn about the Neolithic in Eden and the significance of Long Meg stone circle, whilst discovering the work of Cumbrian artist Lorna Graves. Each class will transform their newly found knowledge, ideas and experiences into writing and illustrated artwork which will form the basis for an illustrated map of the Eden Valley.
Commenting on the award, Corinna Leenen, joint curator at Penrith and Eden Museum, said: “We are thrilled to have received support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project will enable children to discover their local landmarks in new and exciting ways and find out more about the work of Cumbrian artist Lorna Graves.”