Funding bid for new project

ARCHAEOLOGY and art could come together for a project to raise awareness of heritage sites across the region if a funding bid is successful.

Staff from Tees Archaeology and Tees Valley Arts are developing a joint project in a bid to combine heritage and creative activities.

Tees Archaeology will identify heritage locations that schools could visit and provide information about, while Tees Valley Arts will organise artist residencies in ten schools that will be linked to the site visits.

If a funding bid is successful the project would be targeted at primary schools across the region, including schools in Hartlepool and Stockton.

Archaeology officer Robin Daniels said: “The project will work with artists and schools to create a portfolio of information and both creative and heritage approaches to allow school groups to explore and use local heritage sites.”

The Heritage Lottery has indicated it would welcome a bid for funding.

Tees Archaeology and Tees Valley Arts are now working on the funding application, which will be submitted in either March or June.

The total cost of the project is about £153,000 with Tees Archaeology and Tees Valley Arts looking for around £145,350 from the Heritage Lottery.

The remaining money would be split between the schools that take the artists residencies, Tees Archaeology and Tees Valley Arts.

Independent councillor Cath Hill, portfolio holder for culture, leisure and tourism, gave her backing at a recent meeting.

Coun Hill said: “This is such an important part of the heritage and it is important that the children know about it.

“There is a lot of heritage in Hartlepool.”