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Heritage Lottery Funding for group to tell the tale of the Gate!

Cumbrian based Group, Effective Communities has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £9500 for an exciting heritage project, The Gate, a living history of Shaddongate in Carlisle.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on the history of some of the ever present and long gone landmark features of Shaddongate and the surrounding area and its impact on the city.

The project will enable people to discover the origins and explore the history of the area including it’s Irish and Scotts community, the scene of a Carlisle riot, Carlisle ship canal, Paddy’s Market, Shaddongate United FC, The state Brewery and more besides.

Effective Communities is an organisation that works with local groups of people on creative community projects and will support participants from across the city to get involved in this project. Working with staff and volunteers, participants will develop the skills to record interviews with heritage professionals, local historians and writers that will lead to an exhibition and short film later in the year. Also planned is a new walk around the area with accompanying illustrated route map featuring people and places.

Commenting on the award, Mark Costello said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project will support us and other participants in creating a living history of an area of the city that is packed full of heritage.”

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