Stoke-on-Trent to gain from heritage spending

May 25, 2018 by  

A total of £4 million is set to be invested in supporting the heritage of Stoke-on-Trent.

Part of Stoke-on-Trent became a Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) in December 2017. It will receive an injection of £4 million as a consequence. Demand for promotional products in Stoke-on-Trent could get a boost from the economic stimulus. Some of the resources will be allocated to the renovation of the Gladstone Pottery Museum. The primary entrance to the amenity needs work and the link between the museum and the urban centre requires attention.

Daniel Jellyman is a councillor with some responsibility for heritage. He wants the owners of private property to upgrade their buildings going forward. The council is in a strong position to provide advice in relation to restoration tips. Councillor Jellyman told the Stoke Sentinel:

“To be one of only eight places across the country to receive HAZ status in the latest round is really encouraging and gives us all a unique opportunity to breathe new life into some of the town’s historic buildings, while supporting and enhancing the existing cultural offer.”

Historic England and Stoke-on-Trent City Council are going to be working together for five years. Historic England will give £900,000 to the cause, the council shall add £2.4 million and private business will supply £700,000. Local universities are engaging in relevant activities and a cultural festival is being organised. This festival will promote awareness of the history of bottle kilns.

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