The Open University has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to develop an exciting new project, Wales REACH (Residents Engaging in Arts, Culture and Heritage), in communities across Wales. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the programme will develop a heritage and creative arts project and support people in five areas of Wales to explore connections with the histories of their local areas and communities.
The project will be developed for these communities:
Working with local partners including community leaders, housing associations and Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales, the OU will use the grant to develop a project which will enable participants to learn creatively about the histories that have shaped their communities. While the project will be planned out in detail during the development stage, it is likely to include creative writing, music and the visual arts, as well as history workshops and heritage trips.
Wales REACH will connect people with the heritage that matters to them, and use the creative talents of participants to showcase places and communities whose voices are seldom heard. This project is all about bringing communities together through heritage and the creative arts, while at the same time learning more about how and why the past matters to people.Dr Richard Marsden
Senior Lecturer in History, The Open University in Wales
The Wales REACH partner organisations in full are:
Wales REACH is a national extension of the OU in Wales’ BG REACH programme, (funded by URKI) which supported residents in Blaenau Gwent to explore their history.
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