Our Warwickshire

Creating a new physical and virtual space to enhance the telling of Warwickshire’s stories

In May 2015, the Our Warwickshire Project was awarded £965,500 from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Our Warwickshire is a HLF project aimed at celebrating and promoting access to heritage for Warwickshire communities through the refurbishment of Market Hall Museum and the launch of the community heritage site, Our Warwickshire.

Aims for the Project

The project aims to connect visitors and residents of Warwickshire to the varied and rich heritage of the county. The main project areas are the redevelopment of Market Hall Museum, the launch of Our Warwickshire and an extensive Outreach programme over the period of closure.

  • Market Hall Museum Redevelopment

Market Hall will become a challenging, participative and high-quality visitor attraction where visitors and residents can explore and shape Warwickshire’s cultural identity. Physical improvements, including changes to the layout, display and approach to interpretation will take place as well as an integrated and innovative approach to access and youth engagement.

The launch and development of website Our Warwickshire as a community-led, virtual gateway to celebrate and share Warwickshire’s heritage. Driven by communities, enthusiasts from across the county will be able to upload content, share their stories, organise events and encourage others to take part and get involved. Unprecedented opportunities for the public, volunteers and partners to find out more about Warwickshire’s heritage and share their findings with others by participating with our heritage via our online gateway.

  • Outreach

    Young people taking part in a consultation workshop at Market Hall Museum

    Young people taking part in a consultation workshop at Market Hall Museum

During the Museum closure period, HCW will go on tour and community engagement projects will run across the county promoting the collections and developing content for the Our Warwickshire website. The outreach programmes will increase community access to the collections as well as involving communities in how they develop in both the refurbished museum but on the Our Warwickshire website as well.

What’s next?

In late September, Market Hall Museum will close its doors and will reopen in Spring 2016. Work has begun on the development of the Our Warwickshire website with a re-launch early next year. There are lots of opportunities to get involved in the Our Warwickshire project from volunteering as an Our Warwickshire Duty Editor, to contributing an article for the website or following the progress on twitter, through the newsletter and via the project blog.