High Road awarded share of £6m cultural fund
Tottenham High Road has been awarded £100,000 as part of a national scheme to revive local high streets.
Last month, Historic England announced that more than 60 High Streets Heritage Action Zones (HSHAZ) would receive substantial grants totalling £6million going to local arts organisations to create and deliver community-led cultural activities on their high streets over the next three years.
Tottenham High Road is one of four London high streets that will benefit from a total of almost £390,000.
The HSHAZ cultural programme (funded by the local grants scheme), will take place in tandem with the national commissions organised by Historic England. For the national commissions, artists will work with communities and co-produce artworks inspired by England’s changing high streets.
Tottenham’s cultural programme explores where migration and retail intersect; and the influence it has on Tottenham High Road today. It will explore how the skills, talents and knowledge that migrants possessed impacted and pioneered industries, which in turn helped to shape communities.
Emily Gee, Regional Director, Historic England in London and the South East, said: “The High Streets Cultural Programme is such an important and exciting way of bringing people back to their cherished high streets in need of love. We are working together to regenerate historic high streets through conservation and building work, and this community-led cultural activity programme will draw people back to enliven and shape these special places for the future.”
The three other London high streets awarded the cultural funding are Harlesden, South Norwood, and Wentworth Street, Tower Hamlets.
Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage MP, said: “High streets are often the heart of our communities and should be places we all want to engage with and enjoy. These grants will help transform high streets into thriving cultural hubs, encouraging us to embrace all the joys our town centres have to offer.”