Grantham Museum has been awarded grants to create a digital arts project over the winter while the building in St Peter’s Hill is closed for refurbishment.
The museum has been awarded £7,300 by the Heritage Lottery Fund and £14,500 from Lincolnshire County Council to deliver the community arts project.
The ‘My Grantham’ project will reveal hidden histories and public spaces will be brought to life by untold stories. The museum will be taking the town’s heritage out onto the streets to explore and celebrate the place and its people. Students from Grantham College will be working with digital artists Glassball Arts to develop skills and explore the town’s character and heritage.
To reveal the ‘real and alternative’ Grantham, a series of drop-in events will be held at vacant shops and other venues in town. The museum will be looking to capture photographic portraits and interviews with people about their Grantham stories. Students will also be recording people’s treasured objects which will be used to tell an alternative history of the town.
With this unique material the students will then create artworks to share with everyone in Grantham from December onwards. These collaborative artworks will be found in public spaces and could include audio posts or film projections on to buildings or a digital treasure hunt to reveal a hidden Grantham.
Christine Robbins, the museum’s Director of Exhibitions, said: “I’m so excited to see what the young people come up with. They will bring a fresh perspective to the town’s heritage and a creative flair to how we celebrate it.”
The museum will be open on Sunday, November 30, before it closes its doors for three months for a major refurbishment of its exhibition space. The changes will include removing a large retaining wall and the lighting will be completely replaced. The museum is due to reopen on February 14.