Protecting Morecambe Bay’s heritage

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Friday, December 6, 2013

The £1.9m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will help protect historic sites and natural habits at Morecambe Bay Photo: Flickr/dsearls

The Morecambe Bay Partnership in the UK has secured a £1.9m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which will help protect historic sites and natural habits in the area over the next five years.

Funding was granted for the Headlands to Headspace scheme and projects planned around the bay’s coastline will include a major programme of community archaeology training and the creation of unique maps of the area opening up the bay to new visitors.

Susannah Bleakley, Morecambe Bay Partnership’s Executive Director, said: “We believe this exciting scheme will be a catalyst for community renewal and sustainable heritage management.”

And the heritage of Morecambe Bay is certainly worth preserving. Kents Bank Cavern, on the north side of Morecambe Bay, excavated in the early 1990s, turned up a fragment of human leg bone radiocarbon dated to just over 10,000 years old.

This is the earliest known human bone from northern Britain, following the retreat of the polar conditions of the last Ice Age.

It’s hoped that the heritage lottery grant will create a lasting legacy to allow future generations to enjoy the area plus attract new visitors which helping to boost the local economy.

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