Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival announces a series of community grants to help deliver festival activity

A new funding pot is now available thanks to a grant awarded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.  English Heritage, on behalf of the Hadrian’s Wall Partnership has received a substantial grant which will help local communities get involved in Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival – the celebrations to mark the 1900 anniversary since the building of Hadrian’s Wall.

With activities celebrating life on the Wall from Roman times to the present day, this yearlong festival sees communities along the Wall  celebrate 1900 years since the building of Hadrian’s Wall and with this new funding stream now live more organisations can make their anniversary idea a reality.

The Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Community Grants are open to anyone to apply for funding of £250 to £5,000 to support the delivery of activity for the Festival. The grants programme will be delivered and administered by Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM) in partnership with English Heritage on behalf of the Hadrian’s Wall Partnership.

Applications will be open for a month at a time, for three rounds in May, July and September.

Applications must respond to Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival Criteria and National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Outcomes for Heritage, but the possibilities are endless, and Organisers are hoping to see applications for projects which are inclusive, embrace diversity and explore new and different ways to celebrate the full 1900 years of history of Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site.

Jane, Lady Gibson, Chair of Hadrian’s Wall Partnership said: “ This latest funding award means that communities along the wall can turn an idea into reality. We are really looking forward to hearing about what people have got planned to celebrate 1900 years of history and really showcase our wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site.”

A packed and ever-growing year-long programme is unfolding each month. With a diverse programme that’s developed by communities, attractions, and organisations along the Wall. The Festival launched on Hadrian’s birthday on Monday 24 January 2022, and the yearlong programme will culminate with Saturnalia on 17-23 December 2022.

Individuals, groups, venues and organisations along the length of the wall continue to be encouraged to get involved and be part of this incredible year by visiting 1900.hadrianswallcountry.co.uk and submitting their own activities to the programme!

This project is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and North of Tyne Combined Authority. The community grant funding was awarded to English Heritage on behalf of Hadrian’s Wall Partnership.

To find out more about Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Community Grants visit 1900.hadrianswallcountry.co.uk/get-involved/community-grants

The HW1900 Festival programme to date is available to view at 1900.hadrianswallcountry.co.uk