Heritage Lottery Award

One Voice Wins National Lottery Support

The West End Girls (WEGs) will be interviewing former Lancashire mill workers

One Voice Blackburn has received a National Lottery grant for an exciting heritage project, My First Day in Lancashire Mills.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on engaging young people in the history of Lancashire Mills and the people connected to them. The project will be delivered by the multi award-winning West End Girls (WEGs), who are a part of One Voice Blackburn.

Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the project will enable local young people to record the oral histories of up to ten older people from the South Asian community with experience of Lancashire Mills from the 1950s to 1970s.

One Voice will produce a video of the oral histories which will be officially launched at the 2019 One Voice Annual Dinner.

One Voice is an organisation that aspires to create an inclusive, cohesive and vibrant community in Blackburn with Darwen and will help young participants from across the town to get involved in this project.

Working with heritage professionals from the Lancashire Mills, One Voice participants will gain a deeper insight into this previously under-researched part of their history, as well as teaching them valuable new communication skills to use as they develop their careers.

Kiran Sadiq, lead for WEGS, the girl’s group in One Voice, said,

“We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project will support young people like myself to be active citizens with pride in their Lancashire heritage.”