It all started when…
Feltham Arts received a confirmed grant of £64,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Feltham, Bedfont and Hanworth heritage performance, exhibition and interactive workshop package and annual Feltham History Day project. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to both preserve the area’s heritage for future generations, and bring the community together to celebrate their past. This two year project will be held at The Hub in The Centre, Feltham next to Feltham Library, Archives and Local Studies. The project will start in January 2018, with the primary schools visitors’ programme being rolled out in September 2018, followed by the Feltham History Day in November of each year.
Marking the centenary of the opening of Hanworth Air Park in 1917, this creative project will explore the history of the people, communities and events connected with the West Area of Hounslow between 1917 and 1947. This period covers a rich and valuable heritage, particularly around the war and inter-war periods, which unfortunately is not well-recognised. While archive material is available, it is not easily accessible or engaging. Additionally, due to rapid redevelopment locally combined with recently settled communities, both the physical and intangible heritage is in danger of being lost.
Feltham Arts will work closely with Hounslow Local Studies, the Feltham History Group, local volunteers and a theatre company to research, document and interpret the areas impressive heritage. We will produce a range of innovative learning material to engage the whole community (particularly primary school children) encouraging them to learn more about their heritage in ways that suit them. These learning opportunities include: A theatrical performance; a photographic exhibition; a series of interactive workshops; a primary schools’ resource pack; the creation of an annual “Feltham History Day”; and an online resource.