Gravesend architectural history project bags £45,000 lottery funding

News Shopper: Christ Church being rebuilt at its current location in Old Road East. Christ Church being rebuilt at its current location in Old Road East.

A GRAVESEND architectural history project has been awarded £45,000 in lottery funding.

Making Places, Changing People will invite residents and past employees of local practice Clay Architecture to share stories and donate their photographs, documents or drawings to the local studies archives at Gravesend Library.

The Heritage Lottery Fund scheme will train volunteers in oral history interviewing and archival research including members of the Parish of Christ Church and local civic group Urban Gravesham.

The project with the Kent Architecture Centre in Chatham will concentrate mainly on three themes: leisure, mostly involving pubs; work, including industrial buildings; and the moving of Christ Church.

Between 1932 and 1935, Clay Architecture dismantled the old Christ Church in Parrock Street and rebuilt it piece by piece in Old Road East.

A website is planned along with school and college workshops, a DVD and a mobile pop-up local history exhibition.

Clay Architecture owner Kasan Goh said: "It’s about the history of the buildings but also the human stories connected to them."


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