Creative Lives is delighted to have received one of Historic England’s ‘Everyday Heritage Grants: Celebrating Working Class History’ to deliver ‘Northern Souls - Going Down the Welly’, a project in partnership with Easington Social Welfare Centre in Easington Colliery, County Durham and BBC Radio Tees. The new grant scheme was launched by Historic England earlier in 2022 to support community-led projects and further the nation’s collective understanding of the past.


The project will focus on the Welfare Centre, built in 1929 to support miners’ welfare and referred to locally as ‘The Welly’. Creative Lives will be co-delivering a series of workshops to record and celebrate the significance of Social Welfare Centres to working class communities locally and nationally. Over the next year we will be working collaboratively with local residents, historians and BBC producers to unearth stories of the working class communities in Easington to produce oral histories, radio and online content. 


By working with local residents the project hopes to increase wellbeing, reduce isolation and deepen local understanding of working class history. We will also deliver a celebratory event to foster pride and enjoyment within the community. 


If you have a story to tell about Easington Social Welfare Centre or want to find out more about how to get involved, please contact Rachel Teate at [email protected]

You can read more about the grants scheme and project in the Guardian, and listen to Rachel Teate on BBC Radio 4’s the World at One at 39.16: