Happy Birthday from LEXXER

We have a free birthday present for you this year! If you have an anniversary you wish to mark, we will provide a free consultation and then together work to plan and source funding for it. With so many notable historic anniversaries from the Great War to Waterloo, we will marry or historical and cultural tourism expertise with project development and management know how to ensure that you mark your anniversary in style. 

The team at LEXXER Solutions realize that often the problem is a lack of resources, and in particular funds so we are focused on  helping you find and manage funding. Our knowledge of the funding environment will help you map a course to the future confident in the fact that you can afford it. Often the best efforts and ideas of organisations are never realised because of a lack of funding. Therefore we will work with you to develop your idea and ensure that it is attractive to funders and able to deliver what both you and they require.

Funding for anniversaries

Children celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta at St Albans Cathedral
Anniversaries give us a chance to reflect on and learn about those events in the past that have meaning for us today.

Anniversaries can bring people together and foster community spirit and community action, but they can also spark debate and highlight different views of the past. They provide a way for us to think about what’s important to us, and what shapes our identity. At LEXXER we believe in the power of the past as a means of shaping the future.

The Heritage Lottery Fund now provide funding for projects to mark anniversaries of all kinds. Grants start at £3,000. Groups and organisations can apply under their Sharing Heritage, Our HeritageYoung Roots and Heritage Grants programmes.

For more information please contact the LEXXER Team, for a free consultation and we look forward to working with you to make your big day happen.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has already funded a number of projects linked to anniversaries, from the internationally important Bicentenary of the Abolition of the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Act in 2007 and the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in 2015, to the 50th anniversary of Telford New Town and the 30th anniversary of Leicester Belgrave Mela.

Here are some examples of what they have funded before:

  • Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, marked the Bicentenary of his birth in 2009 with a redevelopment of the house and a programme of activities.
  • The British Deaf History Society is marking its 25th anniversary by collecting and sharing deaf people’s stories and heritage.
  • The people of Stoke St Michael in Somerset explored the role their village played in the preparations for D-Day in 1944.
  • The Charles Dickens Museum, housed in the author’s London home, re-opened in December 2012 following a major investment that saw the building transformed and doubled in size in Dickens’ Bicentenary year.
  • The Nine Men of Madeley is a community heritage project in Shropshire marking the 150th anniversary of a mining disaster at the Brick Kiln Leasowes.
  • Midlothian Voluntary Action is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a focus of community activism in Midlothian, by recording oral histories with people involved over the last four decades to share the heritage of this post-industrial area.
  • In Stirling, a new state-of-the-art visitor attraction commemorates the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn and its place in shaping the history of Scotland.
  • The Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Dylan Thomas’ birth in October 2014 with a new permanent exhibition on his life and work.
  • Many groups are marking the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in 1215 with a project focusing on their area’s contribution to this historic moment, including Unlock Democracy, the Guy Fox History Project in London, Long Crendon Preservation Society, and a range of heritage and other organisations in St Albans. There is also a national project led by the Battlefields Trust.

This can be a first step towards a cultural tourism project which will put your event on the map. Often groups have worked hard for years, spending their own resources to finance commemorative events. Now lets add to the nations rich heritage by making your event the best it can be.  LETS MAKE IT HAPPEN!