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Four projects hit jackpot.

Byline: Tony Henderson Environment reporter

FOUR projects in South Tyneside have been awarded almost PS670,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

With fewer National Lottery funding awards and applications compared to the rest of the North East, South Tyneside is currently a priority area for funding for the HLF.

The successful projects are: | Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust has been given PS548,200 towards the restoration of St Hilda's Colliery Headstock in South Shields.

One of the few remaining buildings associated with the mining industry in South Tyneside, the listed headstock building is currently empty and at risk of deterioration.

There are plans to convert it to provide studio and office space.

Original features will be saved including the former lift shaft and cage which will become a minimuseum.

Open days, concerts and school visits will ensure the heritage of South Tyneside's mining community is remembered.

| Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields - PS71,800 goes to Tyne and Wear Museums and Archives for what is one of the most extensively excavated sites in the north of the Roman Empire.

Plans include improvements to the display of the Roman remains, a wildflower meadow will be planted to give people an idea of the landscape in which the fort was set, a Roman market festival event will be held. | The National Trust receives PS9,900 for its East Coast War Channels project, based at Souter Lighthouse at Whitburn.

Stretching from beyond the Tyne to the Thames, the channels sought to protect shipping traffic during the First World War.

A fierce battle was fought within sight of the North East coast as German U-boats attacked cargo ships, fishing vessels and the small warships that defended them.

Over 1,000 ships were sunk and their wrecks still lie on the seabed.

Kate Devlin, National Trust Lighthouse steward at Souter Lighthouse, said: "We're pleased to be working closely with marine archaeologist Antony Firth on this project.

"His enthusiasm and knowledge have really fired the imagination of staff and volunteers at the lighthouse."

The project will investigate the relationship between the East Coast War Channels and North East communities through a mobile exhibition, leaflets and online material, and a series of events and workshops.

Building on existing research into the wrecks, the project will explore the role of people from South Tyneside who played a part in protecting the channels.

From researching on-shore defences to taking part in creative writing sessions at Souter Lighthouse, people will be able to ensure their community's contribution is not forgotten. | Forgotten folklore, fairy tales and proverbs - PS39,700 goes to the Compact for Race Equality in South Tyneside for this project.

Devised and led by the Aspire Group, made up of black, Asian and minority ethnic women, the project aims to collect stories, traditions and tales from a diverse range of cultures.

The group aims to share the stories and build bridges between different cultures in South Tyneside.

Ivor Crowther, head of HLF North East, said: "These four projects demonstrate just how diverse and important South Tyneside's heritage is - and why we are so keen for more groups to come forward with their ideas."


The reconstructed gate house at Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields

Harton and Westoe Miners Banner group members at St Hilda's Colliery, celebrating the Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust's Heritage Lottery Fund grant to refurbish the former headstock, with South Tyneside Council's deputy leader Coun Alan Kerr and trust chairman Peter Fall, right
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 17, 2017
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