Castle Park Stories
Lancaster’s Litfest was one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) All Our Stories grant.

The Castle Park Stories project was given a grant to inspire local residents to uncover the hidden stories in the area around the castle.

The project encouraged local people to investigate Lancaster’s rich history and develop writing around a site of their choice. In January and February 2013, project participants took part in a series of research visits and workshops. Working with a historian, writers, a photographer, archivists and designers, participants uncovered stories and explored ways of sharing them. Their work is presented on this website and in an exhibition, which first showed at the Storey at the end of February 2013. The exhibition showed at Lancaster Library between March and May 2013 and at Morecambe Library between June and September 2013.

Project participants: Carla Scarano D’Antonio, Christine Henderson, Irene Wise, David Edmondson, Jane Routh, Jane Wareing, John Regan, John Strivens, Karen Burns, Kathryn Pink, Lynda Burke, Linda Moorhouse, David Moorhouse, Lynda Swan, Patricia Walsh, Rilda Taneko, Roger Frankland, Ruth Ainsworth, Ruth Jenkins, Chris Downs, Sarah Cruickshank, Stephanie Holliday, John Perrott, Sue Seabridge, Yvonne Drakeley, Tally Kapadia, Emma Rucastle, Rachel Gibson, Tony Finn, Mary Ripley, Sharon Bishop, Lucia Marquart, Andrew Reilly, Anita Lancaster, Emma Nixon, Aliki Chapple, Ruaidhri Johnston, Stephanie Burford.

Workshop leaders: Jonathan Bean, Dr Andrew White, Kate Feld, Claire Massey

Audio production: Shaun Blezard, sound artist. Emma Rucastle, director.
Video production: Tally Kapadia

Exhibition designers: Hayley Alter and Sarah Pickard

The Castle Park Stories project was lead by Claire Massey for Lancaster Litfest, with marketing support from Maria Major, finance support from Dawn Diaz and overall support from Artistic Director, Andy Darby.

All Our Stories
All Our Stories, a brand new small grant programme, launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s popular series The Great British Story – has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups will carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.The popular series presented by historian Michael Wood and supported by a programme of BBC learning activities and events got thousands of us asking questions about our history and inspired us to look at our history in a different way through the eyes of ordinary people.

Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. 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 33,000 projects, allocating £4.9 billion across the UK. Website: www.hlf.org.uk