Cash boost for rugby club’s heritage project

Melissa Schiele

Melissa Schiele

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A lottery-funded heritage project celebrating a town’s pit and rugby roots has been given a further cash boost..

Supporters of Featherstone Rovers have donated £1,150 to the scheme, which focuses on the club’s colliery and sporting legacy.

The Post Office Road team’s long-standing Joint Supporters Club donated their remaining funds after calling it a day following 17 years of raising money for the squad.

Melissa Schiele, heritage project manager, said: “Without this funding it would have been impossible for me to purchase necessary and relatively basic equipment such as acid-free cardboard storage boxes.

“This means that precious historical club and members’ objects will be preserved correctly and safely without more deterioration or damage. “Preservation and management of the collections here at the club are a core part of my role and this funding will ensure it’s done to the same standard you would find in a museum.”

The Heritage Lottery Fund gave rugby bosses £67,000 in the summer to pay for the two-year project, which aims to research the history of the club and its links with former collieries,

Miss Schiele will be digitising the club’s photographs, film and memorabilia to create a permanent exhibition at the club which will be open to the public.

In addition to the archive and exhibition, the scheme will also include themed heritage workshops in the community and at nearby schools to bring the town’s history to life.