Staffordshire History Centre
Unfortunately our Round 2 application for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has been unsuccessful. This means plans for a new history centre for Staffordshire are to be re-considered.
There were thirty bids in this round and our project was one of nine which had been ranked as a high priority. Of these nine projects only six received Round 2 funding.
We’re obviously all very disappointed that we were unable to secure the funding from HLF. We had a strong bid but it was an incredibly competitive process with tough competition from other major projects across the country.
The work we've done so far has given us a great deal of useful information about the collection and its building which should help us protect and develop both for the future.
We will be meeting with HLF and looking at our plans for the future, in the meantime work by the service to get more records online and to take more collections and exhibitions out to local communities will continue and some funding has been secured for this.
This includes securing matched funding to catalogue Lichfield ecclesiastical court records known as the ‘Bawdy Courts’ with a grant from the Archives Revealed programme. This project is supported by The National Archives, The Pilgrim Trust, the Wolfson Foundation and the Foyle Foundation; and a large grant from the Welcome Trust. This will help to make the historic county asylum records more accessible and deliver an exhibition on mental health. These projects will start this autumn and will be looking for volunteers to get involved.