The project will engage and involve communities to celebrate Sefton’s people and places, with the borough’s golden anniversary (1974-2024) the focus for an activity programme particularly raising social and cultural heritage awareness.
Our project will create a gateway for increased recognition of community heritage and more inclusive contributions borough-wide, concluding with activity to support Sefton’s Borough of Culture 2025.
We will engage with individual volunteers and established community and public organisations to review and research their own history, and support a celebration of community heritage over the past five decades, with particular attention to three themes:
• Unsung Heroes: people who have influenced and shaped the borough, its communities and neighbourhoods. The inspiration for the ‘Hearts of Gold’ theme, these will include founding members of local charities and other loved and respected local institutions.
• Special Places: including buildings and spaces that have become part of the local landscape and Sefton landmarks – from the restored Southport Pier to the iconic Gormley Statues.
• Memorable Events: from local galas, fairs, Royal Visits and celebrations to international occasions, including sport, art and culture, in town, coast and country locations.
Trails, exhibition and commemoration
From this research, 3 locality-based trails, each comprising 25 plaques with digital trail guides, will be prepared to cover North, Central and South Sefton with a borough-wide booklet, and exhibition, showcasing Sefton’s diverse heritage, 1974-2024.
Heritage Project Progression
The project will culminate with a series of ‘heritage project development surgeries’, including training in finding funding, bid writing, project evaluation and volunteer coordination specifically aimed to prepare and deliver 20 additional heritage community projects.
More information regarding the project will be coming soon.
Heritage Development Team