Tudor Revels wins Heritage Lottery Fund Support
The Willis Fleming Fleming Historical Trust is excited to be part of the Revels Partnership, a consortium of local heritage and community groups, led by The Diaper Heritage Association, that has been awarded #49,000 to work together on a project to raise the profile of Southampton's history during the time of the Tudors. The project, 'From Records to Revels', is designed to highlight the superb original records held in the town's archives and how they, along with archaeological remains, can be used to interpret Southampton's past and bring it alive to a wider audience.
'We are so fortunate that our partnership includes historians, interpreters of history, and passionate volunteers who are committed to Southampton's history and who have all come together to provide opportunities for a broad range of community engagement whether as Revels volunteers, or participants in workshops, events, and of course our Tudor Michaelmas Fair planned for September next year' said Revels working group leader Cheryl Butler.
The project wants to engage new volunteers who wish to know more about and help support Southampton's heritage. As well as the Michaelmas Fair there will be many hand's on opportunities for people to find out more about life in Tudor Southampton. There will also be a lasting legacy with a creation of a website which will host a 'virtual Tudor Southampton' including a database of all the known inhabitants who lived in the town between 1485-1603.
'The database will be a wonderful resource for not only students and scholars but also for the many thousands of people who study family history and genealogy and we are absolutely thrilled that the Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting us in such a generous way.' said Harry Willis Fleming, a working group member.