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Illuminations will reveal history told by the people of Grantham

Mrs Hemstock and her daughter talk for Your Grantham project.
Mrs Hemstock and her daughter talk for Your Grantham project.

A project focusing on local history will light up the town next month as a series of digital illuminations.

The My Grantham project will be taking the town’s heritage out onto the streets. Public spaces will be brought to life by laser and image works produced by students from Grantham College working with digital artists Glassball Arts.

People also have the chance to add their own voice and see their contribution made public next month. Visit www.mygrantham.org to contribute a treasured image, quote or memory about your Grantham. These will become part of the final artwork and be viewed by locals and visitors from 4.30pm to 10pm on Friday, February 20, on St Peter’s Hill.

While Grantham Museum has been closed for refurbishment, a series of drop-in events were held at vacant shops in town. At these, students captured photographic portraits and interviews with people about their Grantham stories. These have been used to inspire new artworks which will be seen for the first time in public on February 20. The newly refurbished museum will be reopened by the Mayor of Grantham on Saturday, February 14.

Christine Robbins, the museum’s Director of Exhibitions, said: “It’s the perfect way to mark the reopening of the museum. This is our town and our history and that can be told in so many ways by everyone. The students have shown this and I can’t wait for others to tell their stories too.”

Grantham Museum was awarded £7,300 by the Heritage Lottery Fund and £14,500 from Lincolnshire County Council to deliver a community digital arts project.

For more information go to www.mygrantham.org and www.granthammuseum.org.uk

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