Kirkgate Calling gets £80k grant

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Kirkgate’s history is to be explored through a new project, thanks to a grant of £80,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Kirkgate Calling will offer a programme of heritage-based activities, including an official launch event, exhibitions, booklets and a series of talks, giving local people a chance to learn about the historical significance of Kirkgate Railway Station and the surrounding area. Young people will be able to train as an ambassador to help collect stories of those who have used the station and there will also be a smartphone app for use on a new heritage trail promoting significant historical attractions.

The project, which runs alongside a multi-million pound refurbishment of the station, is aimed at improving the image and public perception of Kirkgate and creating a lasting legacy.

Harjinder Sandhu, corporate services director at Groundwork Wakefield, said: “We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is supporting the Kirkgate Calling project, which complements the work underway to transform the station environment. We have too-often heard negative stories about Kirkgate. This project gives us the opportunity to turn this around, giving the community the chance to celebrate and take pride in the station whilst providing a local record of the area for others to learn about and enjoy.”

Fiona Spiers, head of Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “This project will enable local people to develop new skills and get involved with their local heritage.

Anyone interested in getting involved in the project should email or call 01924 302468.