A project to explore a Derbyshire town’s heritage and links with industrialism has been given a £100,000 boost.
The Ormiston Ilkeston Academy, Erewash Partnership and Erewash Museum jointly submitted a bid for funding to the Arts Council England.
The two-year Excite, Engage, Inspire Erewash project will be managed by Kate Le Prevost, who is based at the Ormiston IlkestonAcademy. She will work with the partnership’s Paul Calladine and museum manager Helen Martinez.
The project will be run throughout Ilkeston and include a programme of artists-in-residence, who will be based at the newly-refurbished King George Gallery at the academy and the Erewash Museum.
The artists will also deliver part of the project with Ilkeston people, working alongside Community Concern Erewash.
Ms Le Provost said: “The project will explore the rich diversity of Erewash using contemporary art to leave a much-needed legacy exploring the communities’ feelings and memories.
“It will start on July 1 with a closer look at the coal industry within the area. I am really excited by this project. It is truly inspiring to know that the arts within Erewash can continue to flourish and expand.”