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Curious Minds awarded £1m National Lottery funding to improve young people’s involvement in heritage

Curious Minds awarded £1m National Lottery funding to improve young people’s involvement in heritage

Curious Minds is delighted to receive news that it has been awarded funding from Heritage Lottery Fund’s Kick the Dust grants programme. 

Hope Streets is a 5-year project that will transform the way museums work with young people. By working strategically in partnership with Museum Development North West (MDNW) and Youth Focus North West (YFNW), Curious Minds will test, refine and embed new models of youth engagement and leadership; to locate the heritage sector at the heart of young people’s services and young people at the heart of heritage.  The lead museum partners in sub-region are: The Atkinson, Cheshire West and Chester Museum Service, Lancashire Museum Service, Bolton Museum and Tullie House.

Thanks to National Lottery players, Curious Minds can now confirm they will begin delivery of this project in August 2018. 

To start with, Hope Streets will take young people on an expedition into the past, to delve into the hidden history of their local Hope Street. It will provide a platform for 11-25 year olds from diverse backgrounds to work with heritage organisations, artists and experts to interrogate, agitate and re-present their local heritage.  By the end of 2019, young people across the North West will have led and produced creative events and festivals for public audiences.

Later phases will concentrate on museums harnessing the energy and insight of young people to provide hope for the future of heritage. Professionals and young people will together push boundaries and find new ways of enabling young people to make permanent change to the everyday lives of museums. Young people will take on paid roles, act as advisors to senior staff, sit on boards and contribute to strategic plans.

Kick the Dust is Heritage Lottery Fund’s pioneering new grants programme, distributing £10m from the National Lottery to youth organisations across the UK.

Commenting on the award, Curious Minds Chief Executive, Derri Burdon, said:

“Hope Streets will locate the heritage sector at the heart of young people’s services as a conduit of hope in post Brexit Britain. It’s an ambitious programme designed to deliver lasting transformational change. Young people will witness first-hand the social value of heritage and the way it can bring communities together in new ways with what we anticipate will be astonishing results.

Laura Hill, 25, a Heritage Ambassador from Liverpool, said: “It has been a brilliant experience learning how grants are awarded, and helping HLF to allocate £10m to projects involving more young people in heritage. I’m thrilled that Curious Minds has won funding, as we found its plans to involve young people in the heritage sector really exciting. Making Liverpool’s heritage easier to participate in for more people my age is very important to me, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the project progresses in the future.”

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