Inverkeithing Heritage Team Looking at New Ways of Engagement
Published 15th April 2020
The Inverkeithing Heritage Regeneration Project has had to make some changes due to the ongoing coronavirus situation. The team is trialling alternative methods of community engagement so that the regular community stakeholder group meetings can continue in some form.
The full impact of the current shut down on the Town House restoration project and the public realm improvement works is not yet known. However, the project team is working hard to put in place alternative plans where possible.
Emma Griffiths, Training and Development Officer at Fife Historic Buildings Trust, said “Unfortunately the training events and activities that were initially planned have been cancelled. However, we’re investigating other ways to bring the project to life for the community. This might include online heritage activities, virtual meetings using video conferencing, and podcasts highlighting Inverkeithing’s history and heritage. “I’ve already held several heartening video meetings with keen members of Inverkeithing Local History Society, where we’ve been learning together about how to care for community archives. Hopefully we’ll be able to follow up with more exciting news about future activities and ways for people to re-engage with the project.
Regarding the Building Repair Grant Scheme, which aims to help property owners in the centre of Inverkeithing to carry out repairs and improvements to their buildings. Fiona Stenke, Project Officer at Fife Historic Buildings Trust said “We know that this will be a difficult time for everyone, and that it may be some time before property owners can go ahead with their building repair projects. We will ensure the grant scheme is as flexible as possible, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to discuss the implications for your project or to register your interest in the scheme.”
Councillor Alice McGarry, Convener of the South and West Fife Area Committee, said; “We’d like to thank the project funders, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic Environment Scotland, for their invaluable support and advice at this difficult time. “Fife Council is committed to delivering Inverkeithing Heritage Regeneration, but we’d like to ask the people of Inverkeithing to bear with the project team as they endeavour to work out, how best to move forward.”
Inverkeithing Heritage Regeneration scheme is delivered by Fife Historic Buildings Trust on behalf of Fife Council. If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please email or visit our Inverkeithing projects page or follow us on Twitter @FifeHistoricBT