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History projects get big grants

Thousands of pounds have been awarded to projects that aim to celebrate links with royalty in Twickenham.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has donated more than £78,000 to two projects about history and royalty in the area.

Royal Connections, run by Orleans House Gallery, has been given a £39,600 grant to help a project that is investigating the role the royal family played in shaping the borough.

Meanwhile Memories of Twickenham Riverside, run by Richmond Environmental Information Centre (REIC), has been given a £39,100 grant to help the community led group to look at the history of five sites in the area, including the former Twickenham Riverside open-air swimming pool, Richmond House, Charlie Shore’s Boat House, Eel Pie Island and historic Twickenham Rowing Club.

Sue Bowers, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund London, said: “The history of Richmond is intimately linked with royalty in so many ways, spanning hundreds of years.

“Meanwhile much of Twickenham’s character is bound up in its connection with the Thames. These projects will give members of the community of all ages the opportunity to help discover these stories and tell them to a wider audience.”

REIC committee member Berkley Driscoll said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the project will support community members to be active citizens with a pride in their local heritage.”

Richmond Councillor Pamela Fleming said: “I would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for this generous funding – ensuring that during the year of the Diamond Jubilee, Orleans House Gallery will have an exhibition celebrating the role that the royal family has historically played and continue to play in our beautiful borough.”

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