Wingrave with Rowsham Heritage Association has been awarded £20,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its Life In The Rothschild Village Of Wingrave In The 1800s project. Led by volunteers from the parish, the project focuses on a detailed study of the history of the village from the 1798 Inclosure Award to about 1900.
The association has been establishing a website thanks to funding and support from from Aylesbury Vale District Council’s Community Chest and Office Innovation.
This new award will provide an opportunity to identify and log a substantial body of photographs, documents, maps and other materials already gathered. It will involve the purchase of a computer, software and equipment necessary to collate and store these materials and to allow the public to access and transfer data easily.
The HLF award will also support detailed research into the make-up of the parish immediately after Enclosure in 1798 and the communities established in Cat(Castle) Street, Nup End and Rowsham throughout the 19th century.
The key to the successful completion of the project will be the recruitment of volunteers to undertake the various tasks under guidance and an open meeting is to be held at the Methodist Church on Saturday, January 25 at 10.30am to which all parishioners and any other interested parties are invited.
Existing members of the association and all residents of the Cat(Castle) Street, Nup End and Rowsham are to receive a personal invitation to attend in anticipation of their wish to help to unearth more information about the place they live and the people who once lived there.
Volunteers will have an opportunity to learn new skills during each stage of the project as well as the enjoyment of working in teams together.
The association, which was formed from a small group of enthusiasts in 2001, also intends hold an exhibition at the end of the project.
Robin Moat, association chairman, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and we are confident the project will give villagers an opportunity to delve into a most interesting period of the history of Wingrave and Rowsham as well as developing valuable skills for themselves and for the benefit of our community.”