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Charity seeks backing for heritage project

heritage: Whalley couple Paul and Sheena Byrom portrayed the founder of Blackburn Orphanage, James Dixon, and his wife Jane when Child Action North West held its 2012 Heritage Open Day, giving todays youngsters a unique glimpse into the past.

heritage: Whalley couple Paul and Sheena Byrom portrayed the founder of Blackburn Orphanage, James Dixon, and his wife Jane when Child Action North West held its 2012 Heritage Open Day, giving todays youngsters a unique glimpse into the past.

Local children’s charity Child Action Northwest is making what it hopes will be another successful bid for Lottery funding to enable more people to continue to discover its history as Blackburn Orphanage.

Following the interest created by its archive project in 2012 and feedback from supporters the proposal is to create a more permanent exhibition areas and visitor facilities for the public to visit with educational opportunities for schools.

There is also an idea to create a community film project as a centrepiece for the exhibition, using local people to tell the story of James Dixon and linking the work of the founder with the continuing problems caused by poverty today.

Heritage Project Manager, Harriet Roberts explained: “The work we did in 2012 around ‘The Hidden History of James Dixon’ marked a significant development for Child Action Northwest in using our 120-year history to raise our profile, recruit volunteers and raise funds.

“With Heritage Lottery support our archive project also enabled us to bring back ‘Pound Day’ as an annual large scale event, to attract the attention of BBC One’s Inside Out team, to recruit two high profile patrons – novelist Josephine Cox and actress Wendi Peters – and to develop important partnerships with organisations like Oswaldtwistle Mills, where we now have our first trading opportunity.

“We are asking the local community, as key stakeholders, to come along to a consultation meeting to discuss the plans around the application so far and to contribute ideas. This forms an important part of a successful bid and feedback is crucial in creating a project that the community truly supports.”

That meeting will take place at Child Action Northwest’s headquarters on Whalley Road in Wilpshire on Monday February 4th, at 6-30 p.m.

It would be helpful if anyone intending to go along would e-mail hroberts@canw.org.uk or telephone 01254 244711.

“Due to the amount of interest and limited capacity it may be necessary to move the meeting to a larger location if the response is high, so please get in touch by Friday January 25th if you are hoping to attend,” added Harriet.

To see the story of the project featured on the BBC ONE Inside Out programme go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6Odtn7yaLU

 

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