Great Places Scheme; a win for Rotherham and Barnsley

Wentworth Woodhouse

In partnership, Barnsley and Rotherham have received funding of £1,264,000 million to deliver cultural activities focusing on the rich heritage of villages of Elsecar and Wentworth. The money has been granted from the Great Place Scheme, a pilot project, established by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

The Boroughs of Barnsley and Rotherham are among the most deprived in England. According to the 2015 National Index of Multiple Deprivation, Rotherham is placed within the top 16% of the most deprived areas in the country, a position which has changed little since 2010.

This funding will allow collaborative work within those communities who were hit hardest by the decline in traditional industries and creatively engage the residents in a variety of ways.

The project aims to inspire young people and their families, to gain new insight into the history of their villages through the delivery of a range of cultural activity inspired by the historical sites of Wentworth Woodhouse and Earl Fitzwilliam industrial empire at Elsecar. These two recognisable places have the potential to become major visitor destinations and in turn create economic growth.

On behalf of the organisation, Sharon has said: “The team at ROAR are thrilled with the success of this bid and what it means for the communities around Elsecar and Wentworth, and are looking forward to exploring new ways of working with heritage services and our neighbours in Barnsley in the creative and cultural provision for young people and their families.”

Watch this space…