Funding awarded by National Lottery Heritage Fund has helped Walsall develop a heritage strategy to reflect on the borough’s rich, diverse history and unlock its creative spirit. In the strategy, Walsall Council has set out plans to work in partnership with communities, social enterprises, and public and private sector partners to unlock the potential of our heritage to support a vibrant new future for the whole of the borough.
‘Heritage’ can mean many different things to many different people. It can reference the ‘traditional’, in its broadest sense referring to elements that have a connection with the past, representing something we have inherited from generations gone by that still hold historical importance.
In the context of our Heritage Strategy we have taken a broad, open definition, encompassing our history, traditional industries, natural environment, historic buildings and places, and cultural collections. But, most importantly, who we are as a Borough and our place in the world; the context of our lives and where we come from; our future hopes and aspirations; and our pride in Walsall today. People make up our heritage; our connections with the past and with each other, our shared interests and values, and our hopes for the future.
This strategy proposes a robust but flexible approach, working across these key themes, co-creating projects with our communities, leveraging private sector investment and activity, and actively encouraging people to take part, to develop a resilient and distinctive heritage sector driving a vibrant new future for the whole of our Borough.
‘We at The National Lottery Heritage Fund are delighted to support the Walsall Heritage Strategy with a £249,900 grant. We know that heritage is a positive force for change and thanks to funds raised by National Lottery players, this strategy will ensure that the important social, environmental and built heritage of the borough plays an integral part in its future.”