HLF Educational Project

Background

In March 2009, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the Trustees one of its small grants for an Educational Project.  The Project involves both 14 Local Schools plus several Interest Groups. 

Aims

The main aim of the Project is to enable people of all ages and interests to learn about and appreciate two things.  First, the life and work of Sir John Betjeman.  Secondly, both the natural and visual features of the Park.  The Project seeks to attract Community involvement and participation.

Content

In summary, the main features of the Project include:
The themes, covered by the Exhibits, are:

  1. ‘The life and works of JB’, especially during his 20+ years in Wantage;
  2. ‘Mother Nature’ as reflected in the writings of JB and the features of the Park;
  3. ‘A Sense of Place’ featuring buildings and structures, which JB helped to protect, preserve and conserve both locally and nationally.
For those Local Schools situated outside Wantage, the project budget includes a sum to assist with transport costs involved in visits to the Park.

Time-Scale & Funding

The Project consists of 3 Phases:
  1. Consultation & Assembly of Information (March ’09 to Jan ‘10)
  2. Design, Construction & Installation (Feb ’10 to Mar ’11)
  3. Use by all Interest Groups (April’11 to 31 July 2012)