Video: Grantham’s heritage in lights

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Grantham’s heritage was portrayed with a modern twist in a novel project being run by the town’s museum and college.

On Friday, the dull facade of Grantham Museum became a canvas on which quotes taken from local people were laser projected.

Projection, Grantham Museum

Projection, Grantham Museum

Among them were ‘From this town I have learned so much and I am proud to be one of its citizens’ and ‘I just feel it’s the right place for me’.

Meanwhile, premises which have stood empty for several years were put to good use as part of the project. Students on art and design courses at Grantham College were able to breathe new life into the former JJB Sports shop on the corner of the Isaac Newton Shopping Centre and St Peter’s Hill. They did this by projecting further images capturing the town’s history and character, pieced together with help from digital artists Glassball Arts.

Museum chairman Helen Goral said: “The museum is really pleased with how it went. Members of the public were stopping to watch the films and so many people commented on how great it was to see an empty shop put to good use.

“Coupled with the laser projections on to the museum itself, it made a perfect showcase for the work of the Grantham College students involved.

“It has given the museum a chance to showcase the work in places we wouldn’t normally, and allow us to involve members of the community without them even having to visit the museum itself.”

The spectacle was all part of the ‘My Grantham’ project, a collaboration between the museum and Grantham College which aims to use public spaces to tell the town’s stories. Friday’s showing of digital illuminations was the first in a series of events, made possible by £7,300 funding from Heritage Lottery and £14,500 from Lincolnshire County Council to the museum specifically for delivery of a community digital arts project.

Next on the agenda is a pop-up museum to be set up at various locations around the town.

More information on the ‘My Grantham’ project.