The lower High Street in Lincoln has fascinating and unique heritage and the Lincoln High Street Heritage Action Zone project will aim to link past and present for local people. It will build on heritage projects that have already happened in the area and existing ideas for heritage trails that have had to be curtailed due to the pandemic. To find out more about the full project currently being delivered by City of Lincoln Council, please click here.
As part of this project, Heritage Lincolnshire will introduce the heritage walking project, through 3 structured walks for local residents, before delivering six further workshops to allow participants to shape and create three brand new trails based on their choice of heritage highlights. Those walks will be designed into trail leaflets and produced, whilst for any participants expressing an interest becoming a walk leader, a one day training session will be offered, before participants lead a walk themselves.
Throughout November and December 2021, Heritage Lincolnshire organised and held three guided walks throughout Lincoln. These were as follows:
Thursday 25th November – Heritage Walk Through Sincil Bank with Nick Dore.
Saturday 27th November – Family Friendly Walk Around St Peter at Gowts with Jim Snee.
Wednesday 1st December – High Street Heritage Walk
Heritage Trail Development and Workshops
In February 2022, Heritage Lincolnshire have developed two workshops to create heritage trails for the project.
This is an opportunity to combine increasing physical activity of residents with building a sense of place, identity and pride in the area, thus supporting the improvement of physical and mental health, and allowing the community to re-connect and re-integrate following the pandemic.
The project activities will be focussed on getting the local community more active, by co-creating heritage trails, training local people to lead guided heritage walks and encouraging local people to enjoy self-guided walks using the trail information. The project will commence with inviting members of the local community to take part in a series of heritage walks . They will be used as inspiration at the beginning of the journey towards co-creation of community heritage trails . It is anticipated that several trails will be produced, including one for families and for differing ability levels.
Schools will be engaged via the High Street Heritage Action Zone. Ideas are being developed for in-school sessions in Autumn/Winter 2021 which will be an opportunity to involve local children and their families in the development of the trails.