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The Romans are back in Kirkham

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The Romans are back in Kirkham

The Romans are back in Kirkham

Positive Placemakers CIC. By Positive Placemakers CIC.

This heritage inspired project includes community archaeology, the development of a local archive, a fantastic town centre mural and a magical community lantern festival.

Kirkham Fundraising stage

pledged of £88,296
days left

The Romans are Back in Town, is a proposal offering a high-quality programme of heritage-inspired opportunities for all to enjoy. Including the chance to dig up Kirkham's Roman artefacts, and find out about them. This will result in the development of the archive, at St Michael's Church, and the creation of an exhibition, telling Kirkham's Roman Story. Heritage specialists and artists, will work with individuals, community groups, schools and organisations, to bring alive Kirkham's heritage. Transforming the high street, with a heritage inspired mural, and a celebratory lantern festival, attracting visitors to the town and creating a lasting legacy.

What we'll deliver:

  • Local heritage Inspired lantern festival - providing opportunities for schools, community groups and individuals .
  • Opportunities to get involved with a community archaeology project- inclusive programme of active engagement.
  • A town centre mural, including an activity programme targeting young people
  • An exhibition "The Romans are Back in Town" - telling Kirkham's Roman Story .
  • Development of a local archive at St Michael's Church.
  • Opportunities to get involved in creative workshops.
  • An educational programme of opportunities for school.

Why it's a great idea:

This proposal will increase access to cultural opportunities, through the provision of a free and varied activity programme for all ages and abilities to enjoy. A high-quality town centre mural will animate and improve the high street while boosting the local economy. It will also deliver an exciting programme of activity, for young people to enjoy, facilitated by a professional mural artist. This proposal will create opportunities to better connect the community to local heritage, and also each other, through the development of both the community archaeology project, and a heritage-inspired lantern festival. This proposal will develop existing cultural assets, develop new audiences for heritage and the arts through the activity programme, and increase access to heritage, culture and the arts.

Steps to get it done:

  • Finalise overall project plan, set up monthly, steering group, implement, incorporating all elements May 2023
  • Finalise the overall marketing and publicity plan - publicise launch & proposal, social media, adverts, etc May 2023
  • Finalise documentation and evaluations plans, for all elements. Process of continual evaluation & monitoring. May 2023
  • Facilitate Launch event - inform people about the opportunities, exciting day , lots of activities on offer, all ages
  • Implement project plan for community archaeology project , contract NW Heritage , purchase plans and archive docs.
  • Implement project plan for Town Centre Mural - interview artists and appoint.
  • Implement project plan for lantern festival- contract artists facilitating creation of lanterns.
  • Community Archaeology Digs - facilitate May - September, process finds, cataloguing, open days,
  • Community Archaeology education programme - takes place through out the project, workshops booked in.
  • Community Archaeology health and wellbeing - 8 week programme, drawing finds - August /September
  • Developing archive and exhibition - January 2024 - April 2024
  • Launch of exhibition - April 2024 - July 2024 - invigilation
  • Interview and appoint artist to facilitate development of Town Centre Mural - June 2023
  • Artist facilitates workshops to co create the town centre mural - July 2023
  • Artists paints the mural - August /September 2023
  • Artists commissioned to deliver the creation of lanterns for the festival - June 2023
  • Artists deliver workshops with community organisations, daycentres, schools, open workshops June - September 2023
  • Musician's, performers contracted to deliver elements of the festival
  • Road closure applied for July 2023 - for Festival to take place in October 2023
  • heritage inspired lantern festival to take place in October 2023, completion of any public realm work
  • PPM CIC summaries all the evaluations and documentation for the festival, produce a report.
  • PPM CIC summaries evaluations/ documentation Town Centre Mural produce report
  • PPM CIC summaries evaluations/ documentation Community Archaeology , reports
  • Delivery of community archaeology report/celebration event of everything that has been achieved September 2024
  • Produce overall summary evaluation and impact study for funders

Location Kirkham

About the space

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Fylde Borough Council

How will the money be spent?Total £88,295

Project Management and coordination contribution - £12,000 (14%)
Town centre mural - £10,000 (11%)
Lantern making - £9,700 (11%)
Community Archaeology Project - £9,600 (11%)
Contingency - £6,000 (7%)
Project management and coordination - £6,000 (7%)
Volunteers - £4,000 (5%)
Volunteers - £4,000 (5%)
Development of exhibition - £3,250 (4%)
Finds Specialist - £3,000 (3%)
Other - £20,745 (23%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Project Management and coordination contribution
Town centre mural
Lantern making
Community Archaeology Project
Project management and coordination
Development of exhibition
Finds Specialist
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Marketing
  • Roman Pottery Heath and Wellbeing project
  • Marketing
  • Finds Health and wellbeing project
  • Volunteers expenses
  • Activity
  • Development of exhibition
  • Transaction fees
  • Purchase of tools and consumables for undertaking archaeological work
  • Specialist Archaeology illustrator
  • Musicians and performers involved in the lantern festival
  • VAT
  • Road closure for lantern festival


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation

Total £88,295

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