Melissa Strauss

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Heritage Lottery Fund

Part of my role at the Heritage Lottery Fund is to ensure that we fund lots of great projects that engage young people with heritage. This includes managing our Young Roots grants programme, where I have an overview of projects across the UK. I have worked as a Policy Adviser, in the Participation and Learning team here at HLF since 2008. Before that, I was Community Development Officer at Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, and prior to that I worked in audience development and diversity for Arts Council England. I’ve also volunteered for heritage and community organisations. As well as policy and funding experience, I’ve delivered lots of projects with different audiences of all ages, including young people.

What's going on in our community

  • Yesterday we hosted a really informative live chat about working with consultants . We heard first-hand from consultants about why their work is important and how it can help with your HLF application or project delivery, how to go about employing them and who much it costs, and importantly, how to... read more

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    Posted 1 week 2 days ago
  • On the 21st and 22nd February I attended the BRICK Conference 2018. The conference was titled ‘Learning for the Future: How to evaluate the impact of heritage projects’ and across the two days delegates and speakers explored the importance of evaluation in heritage, what it entails and how to do it... read more

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    Posted 1 week 5 days ago
  • The FSC BioLinks project aims to improve our capacity for recording and monitoring natural heritage by providing training in invertebrate identification and recording. It soon became apparent during our consultation that the sector was having difficulty recruiting young adults as active biological... read more

    View Keiron Derek Brown's profile
    Posted 1 week 6 days ago
  • Last week we hosted a really lively live chat about engaging young people in heritage . In fact, it was our most popular live chat to date! It was great to hear first-hand from young people about why they love heritage, why they think others should love it too, and how we can all go about removing... read more

    View Amy Freeborn's profile
    Posted 1 month 3 days ago
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