Lottery win for Kettering museum project

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A museum and art gallery has been awarded a lottery fund of more than £30,000

Kettering Museum and Art Gallery, in Sheep Street, Kettering, has received £30,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The funding will be used to support the Kettering World War II legacy project which starts in September

Val Hitchman, head of community services at Kettering Council, said: “We are delighted to have received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for this project.

“The varied programme of activities involved really does offer something for everyone in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the arrival of American Air force personnel in the borough.”

The funding bid was submitted in a partnership between Kettering Council and Northamptonshire County Council (NCC).

The project will research, record, display and promote the social and economic impact of the World War II period locally, building a compelling history of the impact of the Second World War upon the town and the wider borough.

In particular the project will focus on the impact of American serviceman on the town, which occurred as a result of a large number of American service personnel being stationed at several local airbases from 1942 onwards.

Councillor Heather Smith, NCC cabinet member for customer and community services, said: “It will be fascinating to explore Kettering’s role during the Second World War and the legacy of the American serviceman who visited the area during the time.”

The exhibition will take place on September 8, at the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street, Kettering. For further information visit

www.kettering.gov.uk/museums.