The Friends of Hardwick Road Cemetery, King’s Lynn has received a grant of £98,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project ‘Yesterday’s People for Tomorrow’s Society’. The funding from the HLF will allow the Friends to conserve seven memorials over the next three years. We are pleased to be working with architects Shenstone & Partners on this project. A number of pamphlets describing various aspects of the cemetery and its importance to the development of the town will be produced and we will be installing interpretation boards giving visitors information on the conserved memorials and the persons commemorated. The website where visitors from further afield can find information on the cemetery and the Friends has been developed using this HLF funding. The creation of educational resources to meet the needs of local schools and colleges is planned for 2015.
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with more than £5.3bn across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk.
Work in the Cemetery
Having completed our “Magnificent Seven “memorials in section H our second phase continues work in that section aiming to restore it to its Victorian splendour. To that end contractors are now carrying out a range of smaller repairs and restoration on quite a large number of memorials. These will make a big difference to the landscape and visitors will be able to see section H much as it was one hundred years ago.
We have researched the lives of all the “restored residents”. Our research has introduced us to the prosperous residents of Victorian King’s Lynn and has allowed us to look into their everyday lives. We are publishing a booklet which will tell you the stories of these doctors, teachers, bankers and tradesmen. It will be of interest to genealogists, to students of local history and to anyone curious about past lives. Please buy a copy and support the cemetery whilst you enjoy a good read. Watch out for news of the publication date