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Story Wells Festival - Heritage Lottery Fund investment.

Press Release   •   Sep 17, 2014 10:55 BST

The East Staffordshire Arts Team has received a grant of £43,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund HLF) for the “Story Wells of East Staffordshire – Burton upon Trent, a Brewing Town” project.


This exciting project, which has recorded reminiscences from Burton’s people to uncover stories of the brewing industry and its impact on people’s lives in the 1960’s and 1970’s, is set to climax in a series of events and exhibitions at The Brewhouse Arts Centre.

Cllr Robert Hardwick, Deputy Leader for Cultural Services said: “The Story Wells Festival will celebrate the project, which over the last 12 months has seen East Staffordshire Borough Council work with The National Brewery Centre, members of the public, community groups and local schools to provide a programme of public storytelling events and community reminiscence sessions.

“We will be sharing the stories that have been collected and celebrating what we have learned through Facebook, by publishing a booklet, through an exhibition of the work and also through a Storytelling performance. 10 stories will also be shared with the Staffordshire County Council Archive Service and will form part of their permanent collection”.

Join us at the Story Wells Festival:

Friday 3rd October 8.00pm ‘til late. ‘Sight, Sound and Social’ 60’s and 70’s Music Night with music provided by Silicone Taxis.

Join us to re-live two classic cultural decades of music against the backdrop of an exhibition highlighting brewing in Burton during this era. Free!

Saturday 4th October 2.00pm and repeated 3.30pm. Bygone Burton Screening

Local historian Terry Garner brings to life a new series of archived images of the area during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Exhibition from 29th September to 1st November.

Saturday 4th October 5.00pm-7.00pm. Story Wells and What’s Brewing Now: Exhibition Preview

Downstairs the Story Wells exhibition explores the history of Burton’s brewing industry in the 60’s and 70’s through people’s stories.

Upstairs the What’s Brewing Now exhibition of local people’s photographs explores the impact of the brewing industry on the local landscape now.  Free!

Saturday 4th October 8.00pm-9.00pm (doors open 7.30pm). Storytelling Performance

Storytellers Maria Whatton, Peter Chand and Sally Tonge share some real-life Burtonion stories. £5.00 Adults  £3.00 for concessions  (Children under 16 free)

Thursday 9th October 1.00pm-4.00pm. Photography Skills Workshop with Tommy Xiao-Ji

Spend an afternoon honing your photography skills with professional photographer Tommy Xiao-Ji. For ages 18+ (Free, but booking is essential)

If you would like to be involved with the project please contact Zoe Millman by email at zoe.millman@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with more than £5.3bn across the UK.  www.hlf.org.uk

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