Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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High Street Heritage Action Zone

Lower High Street Ryde

HSHAZ…….What’s Happened So Far?
Following Ryde’s successful application to Historic England’s High Street Heritage Action Zone fund (HSHAZ), Sally Thompson has been recruited as the Ryde Programme Officer and the programme is now beginning to get underway. Despite Covid-19, a community engagement project has been delivered that celebrated Charles Dimmick, a Victorian plantsman and the associated horticultural heritage of Ryde High Street.

What is the Cultural Consortium?
In order to manage the cultural element of the HSHAZ, Historic England required Ryde to form a small consortium to act as a steering group. Ryde’s consortium is made up of six heritage and arts organisations, experienced in working with funders and with a track record of delivering cultural engagement activity. This group will manage the application process for a separate funding strand, distinct from the main HSHAZ budget. The consortium will represent the wider cultural landscape of Ryde by ensuring the programme has the support of residents, organisations and venues.

What Happens Next?
The Cultural Consortium are putting together a proposal for the funding application. Once we have a draft, we will be circulating this to invite feedback from the wider community which will help shape the final application. The emphasis of this application will focus on strengthening Ryde’s cultural provision by creating a sustainable arts and heritage sector.

Image: RSHG Archive Roy Brinton Collection