A Lottery funded project promoting Bradford and Keighley’s heritage is offering volunteering opportunities.
The My Place project, in its second year, works with communities and schools to deliver workshops, archaeological excavations and exhibition to celebrate their heritage.
Sessions focus on the non-physical heritage of memories, identity and developments in the community, as well as the physical heritage of historic buildings, archaeology sites, museum collections and archives, and will run until October 2014 through funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
A large amount of volunteers have already got involved in researching and interpreting community heritage, oral history reminiscence interviews and recording and archaeological excavation and project management.
The My Place project is also looking for enthusiastic residents with experiences, knowledge and pride in Bradford and Keighley’s localities to get involved and take advantage of the fantastic volunteering opportunities on offer. They could be part of the team of volunteers sharing their experience about growing up or working in the local community, digging with the young people at one of the summer excavations or learning how to curate, preserve and archive finds, documents and local history. If local heritage, conservation and exploration is your interest, then this could be for you.
Councillor Jayne Booth, of the Archives, Archaeology and Trading Standards committee, said, “This project is a wonderful initiative to encourage the young people and local residents to engage with their heritage and communities. The more we understand about our local history, the more we can learn to appreciate it and ensure it is there for future generations to discover and enjoy. If you’re interested in local history, have memories you’d love to share with young people, want to learn new skills and experience activities such as real life archaeology excavations, then we need you.”