Gateacre Heritage Sleuths

MCS was invited to be part of  an exciting national pilot project to enrich the records held by Historic England on Gateacre’s Listed buildings.

The aim was to better engage more people from local communities with the heritage of their local area in order to enrich the National Heritage List for England (the List).

We were the only Civic Society in the country to take part and we selected Gateacre as our area of focus as it had a good range of Listed Buildings and an active local history society

We recruited a team of local volunteers to become ‘heritage sleuths’.

The purpose of this pilot study was  to visually assess the accuracy of information held by Historic England on Listed Buildings in Gateacre.

Volunteers reported back on any changes to buildings since they were originally added to the statutory list (over 30 years ago in many cases), undertook research that might enrich the information held by Historic England such as who occupied the buildings using information from the 1921 census and added any interesting local knowledge.

The programme was completed between January and March 2022.

The final element of the project is to develop a Historic Gateacre microsite where the detailed records of the 60 buildings surveyed will be available on a click on your mobile phone. We will post a link to the site when it is up and running.