Hunslet and Holbeck Heritage Project.

Businesses in the Holbeck and Hunslet areas of Leeds are being invited to a networking event next month as part of a heritage project to showcase and promote the district.

The proposal is to scope for the development of a large public and community heritage project on the 19th-century industrial heritage of Leeds focused on the Hunslet and Holbeck area, to engage disenfranchised communities with the values of this heritage to their communities and to use the ‘rediscovery’ of industrial heritage as a catalyst to promote technology education and skills training for local business.

Ruth Dass, researcher at the University of Leeds, said: The initiatives include raising the profile of the Hunslet/Holbeck area as an area of significant industrial heritage (focused on Temple Mill one of only 2 Grade 1 Listed Buildings in Leeds. Middleton Railway, focused on community engagement projects through the exploration of developing a heritage-focused interactive ‘heritage trail’ utilising new and emerging technologies.”

The project hopes to include local businesses, grass roots organisations, youth provision, women’s groups, faith groups, as well as schools, libraries, education centres, museums and archives.

An established partnership between the University of Leeds, Leeds Museums and Galleries, Middleton Railway Museum, Leeds City Council, Hunslet/Holbeck communities, and InterCulture will support future collaboration and the exploration of further learning or research opportunities.

The partnership will result in the identification of a number of clear and achievable activities that have the potential to be delivered through further funding opportunities.

They are planning on  trunning two networking events in July and September that will showcase local businesses in the Hunslet and Holbeck areas of Leeds.

The Writing Renewal was a literature project originally funded by the Government Office, Yorkshire and Humber and programmed by InterCulture requiring a reporting mechanism and direct contact with businesses and the local communities in Yorkshire for a new type of government report in 2001.

If you would like to be part of the business networking programme email Ruth Dass at r.m.dass@leeds.ac.uk for further information.

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