Working class heritage is set to be explored in Penzance as part of a national scheme. 

English Heritage has selected charity Trelya to receive an Everyday History Grant to run a project with local children, young people and families in the Treneere Estate in Penzance and through weekly workshops explore, record and celebrate local working-class heritage.  

Originally farmland and a mining area, the Treneere Estate in Penzance evolved into a housing estate during the early 20th century to accommodate the town’s growing working population.   

The scheme aims to help develop a stronger connection to, pride in, and understanding of the estate as well as build life skills. 

Istoris will create a permanent online digital exhibition and a digital heritage trail – free resources to help people understand and enjoy the area’s heritage for years to come. 

Historic England is funding 56 new projects across England, which tell the stories of our nation’s working class heritage after receiving over 380 applications. 

Rebecca Barrett, South West regional director at Historic England, said: “There are so many hidden histories to uncover here in England. Every community has a story to tell and we want to hear them.  

“This is the strength of our Everyday Heritage grant programme, which funds projects that are community-led and really engage with local people by empowering them to research and tell their own stories.  

“I’m excited to learn more about these fascinating projects as they shine an important light on our working class heritage.”  

Historic England’s Everyday Heritage grant programme aims to shine a light on the diversity of our heritage and is part of Historic England’s commitment to ensuring that a wider range of people are able to connect with, enjoy and benefit from the historic environment.  

Launched in 2022, the programme has already funded 57 projects from across England.