Islands Could Go For Heritage Lottery Cash

The islands could be in line for a seven-figure grant to promote Scilly’s conservation culture and history.

And the money could go on teaching and maintaining traditional skills or promoting our islands’ culture and heritage through a centre, signage or online information.

The AONB officer Trevor Kirk has visited his counterparts in the North Pennines AONB with Council CEO Philip Hygate to find out how the County Durham-based body has accessed Heritage Lottery Fund Cash.

They learned how disused and characterful historical buildings have been restored as heritage tourism resources.

It’s too early to say whether a Scilly bid would favour a heritage centre, a virtual, online resource of Islands’ historical and cultural information or signage panels.

Trevor says suggestions from consultants Red Kite and Blue Sail would be re-examined and the tourism sector would be canvassed during the process.

Cash can also be used to develop traditional skills like dry stone walling, historical building techniques or lobster pot making during the 3-year programme.

The Lottery offers 90% matching of a £1m bid and 75% of a £2m project cost. The rest would have to come from local partners.

The existing AONB partners including the Wildlife Trust and the Duchy of Cornwall would be involved in a bid but Trevor says they’d probably bring in additional parties that have an interest in culture, heritage and the management of the landscape.

The Museum, which isn’t part of the AONB, could one of those groups.

Next year there’ll be consultations to gain ideas on how funding could be used. The bid won’t be submitted until 2013.