HAT Grants for Local History Projects

HAT grants

In the August 2019 of its six- monthly round of grants HAT has decided to grant more than £19,000 for six projects covering a wide range of interests.

A major grant of £8,000 has gone to the new Victoria County History to finance the publication of its latest ‘short’ on Herriard and Southrope. This is the outcome of a dedicated group of researchers, under the guidance of Dr John Hare and Dr Jean Morrin, and part of a long-term objective to rewrite the history of the entire county.

The King John’s House and Tudor Trust, Romsey, has received £2,800, to enable it conserve and study an important bargain and sale deed of 1571 featuring the house. It will also go to the design and production of cabinet to ensure its preservation in the setting of the house itself.

Fleet and Crookham Local History Group has received  £1,500 to buy a major collection of postcards of the area collected over many years by Percy Vickery, author and former member. These were acquired at auction by a dealer, who agreed to hold off selling them if the necessary funds could be raised. Read More

A major achievement made possible by a grant of £4,200 to the Hampshire Record Office will be the cataloguing of the records of 120 different Women’s Institutes from all quarters of the county – from Blackwater and Fleet in the North East, Highclere in the North West, Southwick and Leigh Park in the South East, Beaulieu and New Milton in the South West as well as Winchester and many others in central Hampshire. At present scattered within the HRO collections, these records will now be brought together to tell the story of the WI in Hampshire between 1917 and 2016.

A permanent digitised photographic record of the 1995-99 community digs which located the east end of Hyde Abbey church – the final burial place of Alfred the Great – has been funded with a grant of nearly £1,200 to Hyde900. The money will also help to preserve the photograph record of the construction of Hyde Abbey Gardens.

Rare films never before publicly screened will be shown between September and December [2019] by the Wessex Film and Sound Archive, courtesy of a grant of £1,500. They show the role of women in building components for Spitfires in one of the many Shadow Factories of the1940s.  There is an outside chance that some of the participants in the films, which were commissioned by Elliott’s of Newbury, may come forward.

Commenting on the grants, HAT chairman David Livermore, said: “HAT continues to make a real difference to local organisations’ projects. The Board met on 30 July and considered the latest applications for grants. As always a rigorous examination of all documentation submitted was made with an assessment of how far they met HAT’s aims and objectives. 

“A number of new main grants applications have been received, and unfortunately while all were of merit and deserving of support some hard decisions had to be made because HAT could not afford to support them all. The deadline for the next award round is 31 December 2019.”

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