Gloucester Rugby Football Club Community Heritage Project

Ex-members of Gloucester Rugby Football Club

Schools resources created covered English, maths, geography, history, sport, music, dance, ICT, and art and design

Making a difference

How the project achieved HLF’s outcomes for heritage

  • The heritage of the club was better interpreted and explained through displays and tours at its stadium, the online archive and teaching resources.
  • The heritage was uncovered and recorded through collecting memorabilia and oral histories, and the creation of the online archive. Artefacts and memories that were at risk of being lost were secured for the future. The project team also provided advice to owners on how to care for their personal club-related documents and artefacts.

How the project achieved HLF’s outcomes for people

  • Four volunteers were trained in cataloguing, indexing, conserving, handling and packaging heritage items. A further six volunteers also developed skills in recording oral history interviews.
  • Volunteers developed a greater understanding of the heritage through interviewing people associated with the club.
  • Families enjoyed learning together through intergenerational events during Family Learning week.
  • School groups learnt about heritage using resources that had been co-designed with teachers to ensure they supported the curriculum effectively.

How the project achieved HLF’s outcomes for communities

  • More people and a wider range of people engaged with the heritage of the club. For example, thousands of people saw the displays at Kingsholm stadium. Tours were arranged for school groups and members of other rugby clubs. Around 500 people attended the various special events for the local community. 

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Lessons learnt

  • The project generated a lot of interest, with many people beyond the original group of volunteers getting involved and suggesting ideas to extend the project. While the project team welcomed their enthusiasm, it did mean that more time and effort was required from the volunteers than anticipated.
  • The team was surprised by how many people were willing to help. For instance, the World Rugby Museum in Twickenham provided copies of their materials for the archive free of charge.
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