Weston’s heritage work awarded cash injection

12:24pm - 14 June 2021

A cash injection from Historic England has been announced as Weston’s heritage work continues with an exciting programme of enhancement work and activities to breathe new life into the high street.

Weston-super-Mare’s High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) has been awarded £70,000 as part of a three-year community engagement, skills, and development programme. Projects will include:

  • heritage projects with Weston Museum, developing the public's historic knowledge and understanding of the town’s history
  • community engagement – develop a trained heritage volunteer sector around Weston
  • a series of heritage talks led by Weston Civic Society
  • training in conservation skills for local contractors and builders
  • a series of legacy events with local retailers, looking at the past and future of Weston’s high street

Mark Canniford, Executive Member for Placemaking and Economy at North Somerset Council, said: “This project builds on the work already undertaken for the shopfront enhancement scheme, with Weston’s department store Walker & Ling recently being brought back to its original façade. Investing into the history of a town encourages more trade, visitors and residents and helps to reposition Weston as quality location.”

John Crockford-Hawley, Heritage and Regeneration Champion, from North Somerset Council, said: “We are delighted to be awarded this funding, which will allow us to continue supporting the historic work within the town, as we invest in our rich history and bring life back onto the high street.”

Jane Hill, Community Liaison Officer at Weston Museum, said: “This successful bid will help us develop some amazing heritage projects. A brilliant way to involve people in our living history”