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Arts Council England announces 12 projects awarded funding through the People’s Record

  • Date: 3 July 2012
  • Area: National

Today we announce 12 successful applicants awarded funding through the People's Record to produce cultural projects that will record the response of the public across England to hosting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Charting the transformation of communities

These latest grant awards will fund cultural projects that continue to chart responses to the 2012 Games between June and October 2012. The successful museums, libraries and archives will work alongside their communities, using photography, films and oral history to record the transformation of communities; themes of health, sport and wellbeing; and young people's aspirations through engagement work and the legacy of the 2012 Games.

Projects awarded funding for this year include a partnership between Museums of London Docklands and community organisation Neighbours in Poplar, who will be employing an oral historian to record interviews with individuals who live in the E14 postcode aged between 70 and 101.

A continuation of the Sporting Voices project led by the Grimsby Library (North East Lincolnshire Council) is also funded. This project will record the thoughts and aspirations of a group of people with learning difficulties to explore issues of disability using the Olympic values as a focus.

The People's Record website has been gathering the opinions and reactions of people across England since the 2008 handover of the Olympics in Beijing.

A record for future generations

Nicky Morgan, Director of Libraries, commented:

'In this Olympic year, it is important that we provide future generations with an understanding of the transformation that the 2012 Games has had on London and the rest of the country. The projects funded through the People's Record are interesting, insightful, and are a real reflection of the changes that people have seen in the country since 2008.'

Further information

See the full list of successful projects funded for the People's Record.

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