About The Y Heritage Project
In 2018 we were successful with our HLF application and The Y Heritage project became a reality. The project represents an exciting opportunity to develop how the heritage sector works for and with young people as well as providing life changing opportunities for young people who are often excluded from employment, training and education. With thanks to National Lottery Players for their support, without them projects such as Y Heritage could not happen.
The project is designed to ‘kick the dust’ from how…
• we commission heritage projects;
• we design and develop heritage projects;
• how we understand and present heritage to new, younger audiences; and in so doing;
• we develop training and development opportunities within the heritage sector for young people
We will remain open to new ideas and be flexible in our approach, understanding that how we propose to work is new and experimental. We will always be learning, however we will stick to certain core principles in how we deliver this project. This project will always look to:
• Improve the Heritage Sector’s capacity to effectively work with disengaged and sometimes vulnerable young people
• Embed practice so that Y Heritage projects don’t become isolated examples but alters how an organisation thinks, plans and delivers its work, challenging perceptions of young people as potential audiences and curators
• Be empowering and innovative, so that all Y Heritage’s commissioning, training, planning and project delivery is co-created by young people and the heritage sector
• Redefine and reinvigorate how Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland’s many and rich heritage assets are perceived and presented to wider, younger audiences, for example using our existing vibrant venues and festivals
• Seek fresh ways of widening the diversity of the audiences which engage with our heritage.