Venture North has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage1 grant, it was announced today. This exciting project will create a smart phone app to help people discover the built and natural heritage on their doorsteps. Led by Venture North, in partnership with Strathnaver Museum, the project has been given £9,600 from HLF and £7,800 from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).
Venture North brings together tourism businesses from the private and voluntary sector across Caithness and Sutherland to work together for the benefit of the whole area. Working closely with the heritage sector the project will help to develop cultural heritage tourism and encourage partnership working between groups. Heritage groups across Caithness and Sutherland have contributed to the development of the project including Strathnaver Museum, Caithness Horizons, Castlehill Heritage Centre, Dunbeath Heritage Centre and Wick Heritage Centre.
NHC Online have recently been appointed to develop the mobile application and Strathnaver Museum is consulting with local heritage groups to identify the many interesting and important heritage sites scattered throughout the north to be included on the app. If you have a suggestion of a great place to visit, or an image you would like to share on the mobile app or website, you can submit your nomination on the Heritage North Facebook page or directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ellie Lamont, Chair of Venture North explained: “The north has many hidden treasures which are often hidden in plain sight due to a lack of signage. This exciting project will allow us to use technology to show off all of the wonderful sites we have here in the north Highlands. This collaboration with other organisations is central to Venture North’s vision”
Commenting on the award, Frances Gunn, Director of Strathnaver Museum said: “We are very excited to be working with Venture North and other heritage groups on such an innovative and imaginative project that will help us to explore and share our rich heritage and culture with each other and our visitors”.
Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland, said: “Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that users of this heritage mobile application for Caithness and Sutherland can embark on a real journey of discovery. Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”