1000 Years of Building with Stone new stone heritage project underway in the two counties

Herefordshire and Worcester Earth Heritage Trust is delighted to announce the award of £393,000 from The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project to trace the history of stone buildings and forgotten quarries throughout Herefordshire and Worcestershire.  

The Trust will be investigating “A Thousand Years of Building with Stone”, looking at a range of heritage buildings, everything from castles and bridges to local churches, village halls and homes. The project will trace where the stone for these buildings came from and is hoping to rediscover some forgotten local quarries.

The project, which will run for three and half years, will recruit and train volunteers in new skills in order to work on research and organise events and activities. Some will learn how to conduct guided walks, others will become ‘ambassadors’ to address community groups about the project. There will be workshops ranging from dry-stone walling to historical research methods. 

The project will create a website with detailed geological information that will in future help home and landowners, local authorities and conservation bodies seeking to protect historic stone buildings in the future. Local interest groups, schools, community organisations, conservation agencies, and professionals will all be involved in the project.
A range of publications will be created as well as smart phone ‘apps’.  Educational materials will help teachers plan projects about the vital role that locally-quarried stone played in building until the early 20th century.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust chairman, Dr Sue Hay, said, “There is a great variety of building stone across the two counties and the use of local stone has added beauty and a sense of place to communities.  The history of its use is a story waiting to be told.  We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for giving us the chance to do that.”

Reyahn King, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands, said: “This project will recruit and train local volunteers to undertake vital research and take responsibility for a wide range of tasks helping to ensure that communities, and especially young people, will be able to learn about the buildings and the natural environment around them.”

The team can be contacted on building.stones@worc.ac.uk 01905 542014

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