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The Boathouse Creative Studios on Barking Creek secures National Lottery support

The hidden history of Barking Creek; an industrial, maritime and community heritage.

The Boathouse Creative Studios has just had the exciting news that it has successfully received a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund of £10,000. Made possible by the money raised by National Lottery players The hidden History of Barking Creek offers local people a unique opportunity to come together to discover and celebrate the industrial, maritime and community heritage of this previously neglected stretch of the River Roding. The participants will work with an artist and writer to create an original mural and exhibition expressing aspects of the stories of uncovered history. The mural will be painted by the participants and artist on the restored Granary building owned by Rooff Ltd at the heart of the Icehouse Quarter in Abbey Road. It will leave a powerful heritage legacy created with and for local people.

The Boathouse team will be looking for volunteers and participants  with a curiosity about heritage. The volunteers will be trained in research methods through a distance learning course entitled ‘Cultural Heritage and the City, run by futurelearn.com. At Valence House and the Museum of London participants will uncover photos and Material relating to the heritage of Barking Creek.

Commenting on the award Carole Pluckrose, The Boathouse’s Artistic Director said “We are delighted to have received this support for our project, and are sure that thanks to the National Lottery players we are able to create a permanent legacy to the history and stories of Barking Creek.

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.Follow @HeritageFundUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund