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National Lottery grant launches new Rotary maritime project

Posted on: 19/09/2017

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has just announced it has awarded £9,900 of National Lottery Funding for an innovative new project by the Rotary Club of Poole Bay.  Made possible by money raised by National Lottery Players, the project will add a new dimension to the interpretation of Poole’s fascinating maritime history.
“Pirates, Castaways and Codfish” is based on the lives of three influential figures who helped shape the town’s development in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries,  The project will tell their stories which include: privateering, piracy, smuggling, codfish, colonial settlement, merchant venturing, international trade, war and maritime security, all of which influenced the successful development of the port of Poole.
This new initiative grew out of the original survey undertaken by Poole Bay Rotary to map and record the old alleys of Poole, in order to protect them for future generations.  During this, the Club discovered possible links between three of the alleys and important historical figures in the town’s development:  Admiral Sir Thomas Button, Captain John Bennett and Governor Woodes Rogers.
During the 11 months of this new project a variety of volunteers and local organisations will be playing their part, including members of the Rotary Club, Poole Museum staff, students from Bournemouth University, together with staff and students from local schools.
By the end of the project, the Club will have produced new exhibition materials for Poole Museum, a heritage booklet and self-guided walk, CD/audio visual display together with a range of educational resource materials for use by schools.
The Rotary Club of Poole Bay has been working in and for the local community on a wide variety of projects over the last 33 years.  It has raised over £15,000 per year, with members contributing thousands of hours of voluntary service.  This new project will build on the established Rotary ‘Five Quays Walk’ developed in 2011.
Don Nutt, the project manager for Poole Bay Rotary commented: “There has already been tremendous interest from local groups to help us tell this story about the development of Poole as an international trading port.  We are looking forward to making this new information easily available in a variety of different forms through this project”.
Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West said; “Thanks to the money raised by the National Lottery Players, we’re pleased to support this project which will see volunteers play a key role in bringing Poole’s rich maritime heritage to life through the stories of these historical figures.”

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