Client: Lincolnshire County Council

Project total: varied from 2010 when programme undertaken by the Trust. Average £15,000 annually

About the project:

Working with Lincolnshire County Council and other providers across the county, GROW was an adult learning programme provided to advance learning to encourage development and/or future careers.

Tutors at Heritage Lincolnshire work with and are supported by a network of internal and external professionals and partners in order to provide inspiring learning opportunities and meet the needs of

Heritage Lincolnshire provided GROW courses since 2010 through to 2020 and over the ten years have run a variety of courses and  used learner feedback to shape our provision. This has included focusing our courses on subjects that are popular with learners and that meet the aims and objectives of the GROW programme. We have seen a variety of learners that have been attracted to the courses, including people who have a genuine interest but no career in heritage, those who are on an education placement within the sector, people who would like to extend their adult education experience locally and people who plan to move into either employment or volunteering.

Heritage Lincolnshire provided a range of 6, 12 and 16 hour courses, with both a mix of theory and practical learning.  Heritage was at the core of everything we delivered but covered such a wide range of courses.

Statistics from over the years of offering the GROW Provision:

In 2015/16 we achieved, 265 enrolments , 192 unique learners , 170 enrolments by learners who had never studied with us before and held 21 courses at 6 venues across Lincolnshire.

In 2017/18 we achieved a 98.4% attendance rate, 100% retention, 100% success rate and 100% achievement rate. We have a varied demographic within our learners, involving 34% unemployed, 68% 65+, 6% ethnic minorities, 20% LLDD, 45% males and 1% lone parents.


Pictures from some of the many courses we have run over the years:

Industrial History June 2019 included a visit to Heckington Windmill

Maps through the Ages working in partnership with the Lincolnshire Countryside Wolds Service – Feb 2020

Food through the Ages July 2019 with Sadie Hirst

Introduction to Leathermaking with Shedtime – November 2019

Feedback from over the years has always been very positive! Here are just a few of them…..

“The most useful part was seeing and trying under supervision things I’d only seen in books. Trying to follow books is much harder and less satisfying than watching and trying things yourself.” – Learner PLR comment, Introduction to Spinning Wool.

“Enjoyed it very much. Not very computer literate and struggle a bit, but was able to achieve this.” Learner Survey response, How to Find the History on Your Doorstep course.

“It has been crucially important in helping me move forward with what could be a very important voluntary project related to the medieval period.” Learner PLR comment, Medieval Landscapes.

“Interesting and useful course with plenty of ‘hands on’. Planning field walking in [our village of] Brinkhill – this course will contribute greatly to identifying what we find. Thanks!!” Learner PLR comment, Iron Age Pottery & People.

“This course has helped to enrich my knowledge and will help my voluntary work giving tours in this particular church.” Learner Survey comment, Decoding Church Architecture course.


We continue to run courses, online talks, events and workshops.  Please take a look at our events page by clicking here to find out what you can learn with Heritage Lincolnshire! Or if there is something that you would be interested in learning about, please let the team know at and we will see what we can do!