Cradley Heritage Celebration Event

This page, and the DVDs described below, are published with the financial assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The community-based Cradley Then & Now Heritage Project is supported by an HLF grant to help discover more about Cradley's rich and diverse past.

The Project ran from from June 2009 to December 2010.

On Wednesday 9 February 2011 we celebrated the succesful completion of the Cradley Then & Now Heritage Project. The 'by invitation only' event took place at the Wilson Hall in Colley Gate, Cradley.

Hundreds of people packed the Hall to celebrate their part in bringing the Project to a very succesful completion.

The event started with a medley of songs and banter by Cradley's minstrel Bev Pegg, then a brief introduction to the Project by Harry Bloomer and Warren McCabe-Smith, followed by scenes from the Cradley Then & Now heritage film collection. The main event closed with the handing out of a DVD set to every person there. Meanwhile, food was served.

For the previous 15 months members of the Cradley Then & Now Group had been going into schools and youth clubs, and holding events to encourage involvement in local history and to help people to learn more about their heritage. Scores of stories were recorded and written, hundreds of pictures drawn by local artists, and thousands of old photos collected.

The results of all this effort are to be found in the triple DVD collection, a new heritage trail of 71 local places of interest, a specially-produced education pack for schoolchildren, and on this web site.

For more information about Cradley's heritage project, do visit the rest of the Heritage Project section of this web site (see menu, left).

The 3xDVD sets cost £24.99. For further details e-mail to: Harry Bloomer, Project Lead, Cradley Then & Now Heritage Project,
Tel: (+44) 1384 635969

History & People: Cradley History Project DVD 1

History & People: Cradley History Project DVD 1

Work & Play: Cradley History Project DVD 2

Work & Play: Cradley History Project DVD 2

War & Peace: Cradley History Project DVD 3

War & Peace: Cradley History Project DVD 3

In addition to the DVDs, the Cradley Heritage Project has also produced a Cradley Trail and an Education Pack as a resource for teaching the history of Cradley.

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Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

The HLF gives grants to a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the United Kingdom. HLF distributes a share of the money raised by the National Lottery for Good Causes. It enables communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about our diverse heritage.

From museums and historic buildings to local parks and beauty spots, or recording and celebrating traditions, customs and history, HLF grants open up the nation's heritage for everyone to enjoy.

HLF invests £208 million a year in new projects in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Since 1994 HLF has supported over 30,000 projects allocating over £4.5 billion across the UK.