Ipswich Arts Centre has received a grant of £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting oral history project to record the experiences of local residents in Suffolk who have used St Clement Church, Star Lane, during their childhood or in their adult lives before the church became redundant as a place of worship in the 1970s.
Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, this project has been inspired by three women who visited the St Clement Church during the Heritage Open Days in Sept 2017, and shared their personal memories of getting married and attending St. Clement Church as children with young volunteers of the Ipswich Arts Centre.
Led by volunteers in the Suffolk community, the project will raise the profile of St Clement Church as a key part of the history of Ipswich and build a greater sense of pride in its heritage. The project will run for a year from late Spring 2018, culminating with a series of events in March 2019. We are asking for those with a connected history to the church to please get in touch with us. The Suffolk Record Office and the University of Suffolk are supporting the project.
Commenting on the award, Olumide Adisa, Ipswich Arts Centre – volunteer Memories and Recollections Project Committee Lead said: “We are thrilled to have received support. Thanks to National Lottery players, it will help us capture the rich and diverse stories of women and men who attended St Clement Church and the lived experiences of what it meant to have a church in that particular area of town. As we continue developing St Clement Church into a vibrant 21st century performance space, this project will connect people to the past, present, and future of St Clement Church.”