City Roots

The City Roots project focuses on bringing the heritage of Newcastle to life in a way that makes sense, and matters to our young people.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and made possible by the National Lottery players, the City Roots project puts young people in control of learning about their heritage, deciding what’s important and telling the story of their area in the way they want it to be heard.

The City Roots project will be based around the communities of the West Road and Shields Road, focusing on the diverse heritage of the people and communities that live there. Historically, Shields Road and the West Road have acted as the main thoroughfares transporting people and trade directly in to the heart of Newcastle City Centre.

Until May 2020, young people will immerse themselves in their community, physically exploring their area discovering heritage, visiting the existing collections and archive; they will also have the opportunity to curate their own exhibitions of their heritage, finding ways to tell their own stories to future generations. Working with heritage professionals from Northumbria University and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, City Roots participants will learn about the local history which is relevant to their lives today, as well as teaching them valuable leadership skills, and encouraging them to take pride in their local area.

To find out more about the programme, or to take part, please contact Alex Black at [email protected] or 0191 477 9966