Cash boost to help history project begin

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A new project has been launched to look back at the history of a North Shields school.

Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust has received £46,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to research the history of Linskill School.

The school was open from 1931 to 1984, more recently becoming the community facility The Linskill Centre.

Initial research was unable to unearth any of the school records so the year-long project will draw on their memories and anecdotes to create the community’s own definitive history of Linskill School.

The “Linskill Life” project will be launched from noon to 6pm on October 3, and from 10am to 4pm on October 4, where the community are invited to drop in to The Linskill Centre to find out how they can become involved.

Simeon Ripley, chief executive of Linskill Trust, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded the Heritage Lottery Grant towards our “Linskill Life” Project.

“The centre receives a constant stream of enquires about the Linskill School photographs and has frequent visits from previous pupils wanting to explore their old school.”

“This project will help meet such demands from the local community and preserve the history of the school for future generations.”

Ivan Crowther, the head of the HLF in the north east, said: “This is an excellent project for the people of North Shields.

“As well as the vast collection of skills participants will develop, this in-depth look at their own local heritage will help give them a greater sense of identity. Over the years the Linskill School has played a significant role in the town and now this project will help raise its profile once again.”

For more information visit www.linskill.org or contact Janice Irving on (0191) 257 8000.