As part of a collaboration between Derby Adult Learning Service and Derby College, students from a range of subjects and disciplines will be working together to produce a series of artworks for a new exhibition based on historical information from the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI). The project is possible thanks to a grant of £700,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

With help from a number of engaging workshops being held by the THI community engagement team, students will curate an exhibition for St Peters Church which will open on Friday 23rd June. The artwork produced will be based on a range of archive materials relevant to the THI area in St Peter’s Quarter.

Students involved in the project include pottery, textiles, ceramics, and photography and painting students from Derby Adult Learning Service. Derby College Learners are all from the Art Foundation Degree and are completing the project as their work experience module.

It is hoped that the work produced as part of the project will help Derby residents to better understand and appreciate the history and heritage of the Green Lane and St Peters Quarter areas.

Councillor Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economy for Derby City Council said

“The Townscape Heritage Initiative is a keystone project for the redevelopment of the city centre. This exhibition is not only a great opportunity for the students to learn more about the history and heritage of this area but will also enable local residents to better appreciate the importance of preserving heritage and history in the city centre”.

Community engagement is a vital part of this project and the THI team have been sharing information and stories about the history of the area through local exhibitions, guided tours and lectures and even special ‘theatre’ events for children and young people. More information about upcoming events will be publicised locally and will be on the Derby City Council website.

The Townscape Heritage Initiative is a scheme funded by Derby City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). It aims to support the conservation and sympathetic restoration of historic buildings in the St Peters Quarter and Green Lane conservation areas of the city. Property owners can apply for grants to repair properties and improve public areas. The project also works to provide business advice and opportunities for students, as well as opportunities for building owners and contractors to learn building conservation skills and to better understand and appreciate the history of the local area.

To find out more about the Townscape Heritage Initiative, visit the Derby City Council Website, email the THI team or call them on 01332 640666.

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