The aim of the High Streets Heritage Action Zone programme (HSHAZ) is to make the high street a more attractive, engaging and vibrant place for people to live, work and spend time, and culture and creativity will play a crucial role in this.
In partnership with Arts Council England and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England is offering support and funding for the development and production of cultural programmes and partnerships that will complement the work of the High Streets HAZ Programme.
The programmes supported by this fund will be developed and delivered by the local communities in each place. This cultural activity will celebrate the local character and heritage of the location and make High Streets a key place to experience and participate in culture.
The programme will take place alongside the capital development works taking place on the high street and will act as a way for people to engage with that building and development work.
Events and activities can include art, theatre, festivals, literature, music and dance amongst other activities. We believe great culture should be accessible and welcoming for everyone, and that it should celebrate what really makes each high street special. Culture means something different to each high street, and so we expect activity to be unique and reflect our heritage
The grants can be used to initiate new programmes or partnerships, expand existing activity, or produce flagship projects where there is the opportunity to really make culture central to the high street and our community.
We are interested in programmes which consider the heritages and histories of the high street, as well as its role in todays’ context. It should prompt people to reconsider their preconceptions about what the high street is, and who it is for. The high street is not just buildings and architecture, but it is made up of the stories of the people, and events that have taken place there over time.
These programmes will develop the high street as a central place to experience our culture, experience heritage and participate in creating the identity of the high street. It should bring new people to the high street and create new experiences and memories there.
We also want to develop talent and expertise within the area, and find opportunities for local creatives and professionals, both experienced and emerging, to benefit from the activity through training, knowledge sharing and experience.
These grants are not to create one-off events or spectacles (although we hope it will support amazing events and experiences), but to invest in developing ambitious partnerships and programmes which continue to benefit the towns, cities, and their visitors over a longer period of time.
The Cultural Programme for Tyldesley has been developed from ideas offered by the community over the last 12 months. Historic England are considering which ones on this list they will fund. We will know at the end of March which activities we can produce with the community.
Cultural events and activities:
For Tyldesley Forum
A monthly assembly of local stakeholders to share updates on HAZ projects and to maintain momentum towards a sustainable ecology of heritage activities. Based in The Hop & Hazelwood/ Pelican followed by live music from Tyldesley musicians.
Digital Heritage Trial
Celebrating the heritage hotspots of the town whilst boosting accessibility for all to enjoy. Our Digital Heritage Trail will combine 2021 technology with bygone tales of Tyldesley focussing on the wealth of relics, buildings and notable historic sites we are lucky enough to have in and around our town centre.
For Tyldesley Festival
Multi-arts celebration focussing on the high street square. With performance opportunities for community organisations and professional performers alike, this full day event in June will pin Tyldesley high street on the cultural calendar for the North West
Shakerley 70-75 - June-August 2021
Art project to commemorate the first social housing in Tyldesley. Featuring work by a commissioned artist alongside work made by the community here in Tyldesley. This celebratory exhibition will recognise the importance of the social housing initiative and the role it has played in galvanising community spirit.
An Oktoberfest-inspired event aimed at branding the high street as one location with many facets.
This social festival will celebrate the variety of licensed premises which line the high street. With a friendly atmosphere and co-produced marketing drive, this event will further unite the town and celebrate the rich offering of its night-time economy.
Immersive, facilitated workshops with an artist to create uniquely beautiful kites. Combining craft, expression and community will culminate in the maiden flights of Tyldesley-made masterpieces at a showpiece event in the town centre.
Tyldesley ‘TED’ Talks
A series of pre-recorded short talks about in the format of the globalized TED Talks (Technology, Entertainment and Design) which have taken the online community by storm. Centred around all things cultural and heritage in Tyldesley, these recordings which will be broadcast in high street premises are a versatile and inclusive opportunity for anyone to contribute to the wider project and develop their oratory skills.
Intro To Local Crown Green Bowling Clubs
Facilitated workshops to introduce the game itself, the benefits of membership and the role the clubs play in the Tyldesley community.
A series of dance workshops for young people in Tyldesley. Combining music, movement and personality, these workshops aim to promote identity and the values of place. With a keen focus on “What Makes Tyldesley?”
Tyldesley Shine A Light Festival
An immersive developmental programme for community members to learn how to plant and nurture pumpkins in local allotments. Year round tending and carving tuition is provided prior to a celebratory event in the square with carved pumpkins displayed at a community film screening event
An historic event still fresh in the mind, Tyldesley Carnival is back with a vengeance. Two days of activity in the town centre culminate in a parade the entire length of the high street. Aimed at all ages, this programme of activity will include all stakeholders along the high street with a range of workshops, live performances and decorations to mark the occasion.
The finale parade will include a float accompanied by Tyldesley’s 3 brass bands and internationally renowned soloist
Grundy’s Grid Search
Celebrating a true hero of the town – Grundy’s foundry which produced many products including cast iron grids. An online hunt to find the grid furthest from the town. Shining a light on Tyldesley’s heritage and nationwide significance with a prize for the winner.
Light Switch On
A high-octane celebration to ring in the festive season. Music acts share the stage with poets and our compere to bring vibrancy to Tyldesley centre as our Christmas lights are brought to life.
For Tyldesley Awards
Awards presented to members of the community and stakeholders in recognition of dedication to and promotion of HAZ project. Generating healthy camaraderie and a willingness to make ‘For Tyldesley’ a sustainable shift in pride and activity.
A Santa fancy dress charity race around the centre of Tyldesley. Local participants raising money for designated charities reinforcing HAZ area as central location for notable events and community assemblies