Kirkham town centre will soon be home to a temporary Roman Trail that will be displayed in the shop front windows of participating businesses, until 31st April.
Kirkham’s Roman Trail consists of a fact-finding mission, with visitors to Kirkham high street being invited to discover thirteen facts about the Romans in Britain, some of which directly relate to Kirkham’s own Roman heritage and the knowledge that there was once a Roman fort at Carr Hill.
The participating businesses are: Blossoming Buds & Partipi Parties; Book, Bean and Ice Cream; Candy Bar Grundy’s; Footprints; Kirkham Opticians; Maymans; Morrison’s; Pink Tree Parties Card Outlet; Property World; Serendipity House and Smoosh.
Visitors can simply enjoy exploring the high street and finding facts as they do, or they can enter the Kirkham’s Roman Trail Quiz, by collecting an entry form from Serendipity House, or downloading it from kirkhamtreasures.co.uk.
Everyone who submits a completed entry form by 30th April will be entered into a prize draw, and three lucky winners will each receive vouchers to the value of £50, to spend in local shops.
This latest initiative is just one of the activities planned by Kirkham Cultural Consortium, a volunteer organisation developed to deliver Historic England’s High Street Action Zone’s Cultural Programme in Kirkham.
In partnership with local organisations and schools, Kirkham Cultural Consortium have developed an ambitious programme of activities planned to celebrate Kirkham’s heritage and engage the community. They include: a community archaeology programme that will make Kirkham’s Roman legacy much more visible and accessible; a heritage inspired town centre mural, and a community lantern festival. All of which are planned to be environmentally sustainable.
This programme of work is reliant on the organisation achieving its fundraising targets. Kirkham cultural consortium has recently received a significant pledge from Lancashire County Council of £20,000, and numerous other pledges from individuals.
Annette York, Chairperson, said, “We are so thankful to those who have pledged so far – big and small – but we still need more people show their support in order to deliver these fantastic projects. Every single pound counts and brings us closer to achieving these exciting project plans for Kirkham.”
To find out more about the projects, or to pledge your support, visit Lancashire Spacehive / crowdfunding: https://www.spacehive.com/the-romans-are-back-in-kirkham
If anyone would like to discuss how to get involved in any of the projects, please contact Helen Juste, Cultural Producer: 07568547471 or firstname.lastname@example.org