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 an engaging live chat about archives , with a host of expert guest who have worked with everything from photos and glass plate negatives, to sound recordings, and even seal blubber stove smoke-stained diaries, maps and letters! It was great to hear about the variety of routes... read more

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    Posted 3 weeks 6 days ago
  • As part of the HLF South East England Team’s focus on LGBT+ Heritage, we welcome Beth Asbury, the project manager for Out in Oxford , to have a chat with us. The Out In Oxford project, based at the Pitt Rivers Museum, created an LGBT+ Heritage Trail across all of the University of Oxford’s... read more

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    Posted 1 month 5 days ago
  • We have compiled a short handout containing top tips for planning and delivering a project focused on, or involving, community archaeology. It covers: The archaeology project life-cycle Types of activities that can be included Rough guide to costs and support needs Important points to consider... read more

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    Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • HLF recently spoke to Sado Jirde , Director at the Black South West Network (BSWN), about the HLF-supported There IS Black In The Union Jack project (#ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack). Sado, There IS Black In The Union Jack is a film and history project by BSWN which looks at the relationships between... read more

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    Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
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