A consortium of community groups based in Cromarty is one of the first in Scotland to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) All Our Stories grant. Their exciting project, Cromarty Homes and Heritage, has been given £4,900 to involve local people in sharing their memories of buildings in the Black Isle town. With the help of an archaeologist, and using many of the old maps and photographs available in the town’s Courthouse Museum, people from the community — old and young, new arrivals and Cromarty ‘born and bred’ — will be encouraged to recall stories about buildings that still exist as well as some that have been lost.
All Our Stories, a brand new small grant programme — launched earlier this year in support of BBC 2’s The Great British Story — has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups will carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.
Cromarty Homes and Heritage will be delivered by a local consortium consisting of the Community Council, Courthouse Museum, Cromarty History Society, National Trust for Scotland’s Hugh Miller Museum, Cromarty Youth Cafe, Fourways Senior Citizens’ Club and the Cromarty Arts Trust. When the project is completed by the end of 2013, the intention is to
have a detailed digital record of local memories, incorporating photos and video, which will form the basis for an exhibition in the Courthouse Museum.