Uncovering the nation’s working class heritage


23 February 2022
The interior of a fishmonger's shop in Brixton, possibly in a market, showing a lady behind the counter looking at the camera and a customer in the foreground to right, 1962-1964. © Historic England Archive
Historic England has announced its Everyday Heritage Grants: Celebrating Working Class Histories, which will fund community-led and people-focused projects that focus on heritage linking people to overlooked historic places.

Does your local railway, mine or factory have a fascinating story to be told? Is your coastal or rural town filled with tales about the people who previously lived and worked there? Have you always wanted to celebrate the cool architecture of the place where you live? 

Each project should enable people to creatively share overlooked or untold stories of the places where they live andencourage communities, groups and local people to examine and tell their own stories in their own ways. 

Historic England is also looking for projects that provide ‘innovative volunteering opportunities for young people or people facing loneliness or isolation’, as well as contribute positively to participants’ wellbeing. 

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Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said: ‘The histories of castles and great houses and their inhabitants are well documented, but we know far less about our everyday heritage. From council estates, pubs and clubs to farms, factories and shipyards, these are the places where most people have lived, worked and played for hundreds of years. We want to explore these untold stories and celebrate the people and places at the heart of our history.’

For more information about the project and how to apply, visit Historic England or e-mail.