Residents in Whitton are being invited to participate in a pilot initiative which aims to celebrate and preserve everyday heritage elements in the borough.
The Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames with part funding by Richmond Council will this month launch the ‘Then and Now’ project which aims to draft in local volunteers in order highlight and celebrate historic buildings, streetscapes, street furniture and signposting.
The project, which came about in response to the Village Plans, will lead to the Environment Trust creating a database relating to information on Buildings of Townscape Merit and other aspects of the historic built environment.
The information evening which takes place later this month will explain the purpose of the project and engage residents in getting involved. Local people can then highlight areas of the built environment that they feel help contribute to the value and character of where they live.
Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton Ward Councillor, said: "Whitton is full of heritage and history once you peel back the veneer. This initiative will celebrate this and I look forward to the amazing and wonderful things that will crop up."
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for Business, Community and Culture said: “This is a very exciting volunteer-led project which will engage residents in celebrating the everyday heritage resources where they live. These could include anything from a vintage sign from a shop long since closed, an ornate bench, a street lamp to an actual building.
“Living in such modern times makes it easy for us to take for granted the incredible history which surrounds us all and our unique and individual village character. A project like this will ensure people are more aware of the heritage around them and will encourage the preservation of such wonderful historical sites and objects.”
The ‘Then and Now’ information event takes place on Thursday 24 January 6:30pm-8pm at Whitton Community Centre, Percy Road. The Environment Trust will also be launching the borough-wide project at an event at Twickenham Library on 31 January.
Note to editors:
‘Then and Now’ aims to raise awareness of the historic built environment through participation and volunteering, to provide informal heritage education opportunities and to build a publicly accessible database of photographs and information about the sites. To participate in Then & Now residents can volunteer to; survey heritage sites, research the development or social history of heritage sites, or photograph or sketch heritage sites.
People can simply turn up, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 8831 6332 for further information on the event