Barrow Civic and Local History Society will officially launch its project “Exploring the Heritage of Barrow-in-Furness” on Friday 19th October. Members of the public are invited to the Town Square at 2pm as Mayor, Councillor Bill McEwan unveils a heritage plaque on Barrow Town Hall. The project has involved placing heritage plaques on six of Barrow’s buildings in recognition of the town’s history. Each plaque includes information about the building and its significance. A heritage trail leaflet relating to the plaques has also been published, giving people the opportunity to discover more about the history of Barrow. The project has been funded through the National Lottery microgrants scheme, which made grants available for projects highlighting Barrow’s heritage and closed in February 2018. 20 projects totalling £51,000 were awarded National Lottery funding. Commenting on the project, Vanessa Allen from Barrow Civic and Local History Society said, “We’re delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players. The heritage plaques are a chance to acknowledge Barrow’s amazing history and promote civic pride. The heritage trail leaflet will provide people with a way to enjoy Barrow’s heritage and become more aware of the changes that shaped the town in the 19th century. We are very grateful for the help given by Barrow Borough Council, especially with the Listed Buildings Planning applications process. Thank you to Leander Architectural for designing and manufacturing the plaques to such a high standard. We should also like to thank the owners of the buildings where plaques have been installed. As always, thank you to Cumbria Archive Service for its help with research. The design and publication of the heritage leaflet has been arranged by the Barrow BID group, whose expertise is greatly appreciated.”

The Six Locations for the Heritage Plaques

About Barrow-in-Furness Civic & Local History Society

Barrow Civic & Local History Society was set up in 1985 to promote civic pride in the local area. It aims to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic interest. The society maintains two websites: barrowhistorysociety.co.uk and furnessabbey.org.uk.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.