The Cattle Market & East Croft Heritage Group CIC receives a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £46,000 for an exciting project which will discover, document and celebrate the rich history of the Cattle Market area of Nottingham. This exciting project will encompass a variety of creative and innovative formats and engage a diverse range of people.
In our research, we want to draw links between the Cattle Market, which was established in 1886, and Nottingham receiving its official city status just a few years later in 1897, and therefore reinforce and celebrate the importance of the market and its impact on Nottingham.
We also plan to research the general history of this part of Nottingham which, up until now, has received very little attention.
The project will engage a variety of young people in learning about the heritage of the Cattle Market and develop creative and digital skills such as illustration, animation, social media and marketing. In addition, there will be an oral history project with illustration workshops for children, a documentary film about a week in the life of the Cattle Market, portrait photography workshops, ‘Now and Then’ photography and a celebration evening to wrap up the project.
In addition, many aspects of the project will rely on working with interns from the ‘Collaborative Futures Internship Programme’ which provides paid and flexible work experience to 18 to 24 year-olds.
Georgianna Scurfield, one of the key organisers of the Cattle Market Project was delighted at the news: “We’re so excited to be given the opportunity to celebrate the history of the Cattle Market and the people who make it what it is, in all the creative ways we have planned. We can’t wait to get started with uncovering the hidden history and bringing the project t o life.”
About The Cattle Market
The Cattle Market is situated just outside the City centre, and as well as hosting a weekly outdoor market, it is also home to one of the oldest auction houses in the country, Arthur Johnson and Sons. The Cattle Market area is a cherished part of Nottingham that has remained largely untouched since it was established in 1886.