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Penrith and Eden Museum wins National Lottery support to launch ‘Landmarks of Eden’ project

Thanks to National Lottery players, Penrith and Eden Museum has received £3,000 from the Heritage Penrith and Eden Museum photo by John Burrows PhotographyLottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, 'Landmarks of Eden'. The project explores the ways in which the landscape and landmarks of the Eden Valley affect the people who live here.

The Eden landscape is full of prehistoric monuments and sites, which have long inspired the work of local artists and are of major archaeological importance. The project will work with four local schools to explore the heritage landmarks on our doorstep, the ways in which artists have engaged with them, and how they contribute to the children's own sense of place and belonging. Children will learn about the Neolithic in Eden and the significance of Long Meg stone circle, whilst discovering the work of Cumbrian artist Lorna Graves. Each class will transform their newly found knowledge, ideas and experiences into writing and illustrated artwork which will form the basis for an illustrated map of the Eden Valley.

Commenting on the award, Corinna Leenen, joint curator at Penrith and Eden Museum, said: "We are thrilled to have received support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project will enable children to discover their local landmarks in new and exciting ways and find out more about the work of Cumbrian artist Lorna Graves."

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, the Heritage Lottery Fund invests money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk.  Follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported.

For more information

For further information, images and interviews please email Corinna Leenen at Penrith and Eden Museum, museum@eden.gov.uk