Cambridgeshire County Council have recently launch their Cambridgeshire Local Heritage List Project website. Home – Cambridgeshire’s Local Heritage List (local-heritage-list.org.uk)
The Local Heritage List project is a chance for local residents to have their say and help protect Cambridgeshire’s local heritage. For many years the national listing system has recognised buildings of national importance, by designating buildings as grade 1, 2* and 2. Local Heritage Lists aim to identify buildings and heritage assets which, whilst not meeting the national criteria, are important at a local level.
The project received funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (now the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities) which invited councils in England to create pilot projects for Local Heritage Lists in their areas. Cambridgeshire’s joint bid was one of the 22 successful projects to secure funding. Cambridgeshire County Council and each of the five District Councils: Cambridge City Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Fenland District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are collaborating to create their own local lists of heritage assets that are important to the people living in their communities.
Cambridgeshire County Council are really keen to find out which local heritage assets people think are important and in particular to hear from a wide range of people from across the community. There are a number of ways that people can get involved, the amount of time they give to the project is entirely flexible and up to them. Firstly, they can simply register as a user on the website and put forward their nominations for the Local List How to nominate a site – Cambridgeshire’s Local Heritage List (local-heritage-list.org.uk) or they can get more involved and apply for one of the volunteer roles. Volunteer – Cambridgeshire’s Local Heritage List (local-heritage-list.org.uk)