A new project centred around the preservation of Malton and Norton’s social history has been handed £91,400, thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Two Collections, Two Towns will focus on the digital recording of the The Woodhams-Stone collection alongside interviews with collectors John Stone and Sid Woodhams.
Two staff have already been employed to work with local volunteers to create an online record of every item in the Woodhams-Stone Collection, which runs to several thousand artefacts mainly from Malton and Norton’s past.
Each item will be recorded, photographed and its history detailed.
The volunteers will also be trained and supported to interview John and Sid as they talk about their love of collecting, detail individual items from the collection and when and why they purchased them.
It will also delve into their own personal history.
The Woodhams-Stone Collection has already held several exhibitions in Malton and Norton and this new funding will enable its supporters to expand this work further and give the public more opportunities to view items from this unique collection that has been largely hidden from view until recently.
Training and support will be given to the volunteers with cataloguing, museum standard storage of heritage items and other skills, such as recording audio footage and photography.
Sarah Maultby has been appointed as Project Manager for The Woodhams-Stone Collection, assisted by Michelle Petyt as Collections Officer.
Di Keal, chairman of the Woodhams-Stone Collection, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund – this is the next step in the project to record everything from this important local heritage collection and secure its future for the people of Malton and Norton in the town where it originates.”
Fiona Spiers, of the Heritage Lottery Fund, added: “This project will not only safeguard this important local collection but also provide volunteers with the opportunity to learn new skills.”