North East Yorkshire Geology Trust gets a Bay full of Heritage!

A project by the Geology Trust, which involves the community of Robin Hood's Bay and surrounding villages and worth nearly £53,000, has been awarded £49,800 by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

"It's brilliant news for the Trust to be involved with our own community, to discover and share more secrets in the landscape of Robin Hood's Bay with locals and visitors alike", says Mike Windle, Director of NE Yorkshire Geology Trust.

The project will deliver over a period of 18 months, an Earth Heritage booklet for the area, Geonaut events with local primary schools and youth groups and a Victorian Geologists travelling show.Robin Hoods Bay

Geonaut Events are meant to ignite children and adults' interest for their Earth Heritage. We look for clues in the landscape of its formation, seek evidence of industrial archaeology, discover ever changing past environments, analyse findings – explore our rich earth heritage through the science of geology. Geonaut Events were pioneered by the Geology Trust in 2010, using quarries and our landscape as open-air classrooms and making children and adults alike more aware of the environment in which they live.

The Robin Hood's Bay Earth Heritage booklet will be produced by the Geology Trust with the help of local groups and individuals such as the Robin Hood's Bay Cubs. Its format will depend on the material generated: information on local industries based on our unique geology, walks on the coast and inland, exposures and sites of geological interest, the local history and global significance of our landscape for oil geologists, climate change and future extractive industries.

The Victorian Geologists travelling show, which is also supported by a grant of up to £5,000 from LEADER, will enable the Geology Trust to take part in the Victorian weekend in Robin Hood's Bay on the 3rd and 4th December, holding a fossil road-show in geologists' costumes in the bottom bar of Ye Dolphin pub. The idea is to entertain and inform visitors and locals about the origin of the science of geology and the impact early geologists had globally on the industrial revolution. Beyond the Victorian Weekend, the Geology Trust will visit schools and give presentations to community groups in our area or about our area.

Fiona Spiers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund, Yorkshire and the Humber, says: "A Bay full of Heritage will allow people to try their hand at something new and unusual. We're committed to funding projects that every community can take pride in and learn about their local heritage. In this case, learning about history has never been so much fun!"

" A Bay full of Heritage is a very exciting project, which we hope will ignite a passion for geology in all that come into contact with the project and fan the flames of strong interest and awareness of our local Earth Heritage and its contribution to the global environment issues" says Stuart Swann, Chairman of NE Yorkshire Geology Trust.

On 23rd July 2011, the Geology Trust will launch our HLF project "A Bay full of Heritage". It will take place at the Grosvenor Hotel at 11.30am and involve a presentation of the project and its objectives. It will enable us to get people in our local community involved in the shaping of our project and participating in the delivery through active geoconservation activities, walks and trail testing, researching archives, sharing local history information...


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