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The Pennine Horizons Story

Pennine Horizons, Pennine Heritage's most recent project, based at the Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge received considerable financial support form The Heritage Lottery Fund and a group of local businesses. The Pennine Horizons vision was to tell the 1000 year old story of the interaction between the Pennine landscape and the move from an agrarian to an industrial society. Through an interlocking network of events, activities and e-Trails and using the Pennine Horizons Digital Archive, we encouraged residents and visitors alike to explore the history of the Pennine landscape and its industrial legacy. We have converted the upstairs of the Birchcliffe Centre to create a Heritage Learning Space for both schools and adults. The new look space continues to offers opportunities for exhibitions, events and activities to take place for both the project and the community at large.

The project aimed to appeal to a wide spectrum of people, from local communities who wanted to discover more about their own heritage, to tourists and other visitors discovering the unique history of the area. To achieve this, we worked with many local community groups, uniformed groups and residents including volunteers, schools, colleges, private businesses, local authorities and public agencies.

Using the landscape of the South Pennines with its rich history, we have developed 13 new Pennine Horizons e-Trails around the valleys and tops and made them available through printed guides as well as offering them as a mobile app.

We have been expanding the Pennine Horizons Digital Archive which hosts a wealth of images, reflecting the South Pennines and its diverse history. The project worked to collect and add material; with some of the collection available online for everyone to use and enjoy. We will continue to take photographic and interactive exhibitions out into the community, alongside gathering new Oral Histories to capture the living history of this inspiring area.

If you would like to get involved, contact us via the ‘Contact’ section or visit the ‘Getting Involved' section to see what opportunities the project can offer.