Lincolnshire County Council has stepped forward to take on the running of Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire (AHL).
For the past three years AHL has been promoting the county's aviation history across Lincolnshire and beyond. However, its grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund comes to an end in Spring 2013. Now, the county council has agreed to continue the good work.
Cllr Eddy Poll, Executive Member for Cultural Services, said:
“Aviation is an important part of the Lincolnshire story. We have a number of aviation heritage sites across the county, which last year attracted 115,000 visitors, providing a valuable boost to our tourism economy. And this doesn't even include those visiting the Waddington Air Show. We didn't want to see all that good work come to an end.”
The idea for an integrated approach to aviation heritage was put forward by North Kesteven District Council in 2004. This led to the formation of AHL with Lincolnshire County Council, East and West Lindsey district councils, Visit Lincolnshire, Business Link, Renaissance East Midlands, Visitor Sites, Volunteer groups and the RAF. The county council will maintain this steering-group structure as it moves forward.
Cllr Marion Brighton, OBE, Leader of North Kesteven District Council, said:
“We are very proud to have hosted the Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire project over the past three years and supported its development and growth. Tourism is a key contributor to the entire Lincolnshire economy, and especially so in North Kesteven where visitors contribute around £89m a year to the District economy, supporting around 1,600 jobs. Aviation tourism is a major part of this and it is therefore essential that together the partners continue to promote aviation heritage as we have been doing up to now through the Lottery funding.”
Emma Sayer, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands, said: “We at HLF are delighted that the wonderful work that has taken place with our support is set to continue into the future. The story of aviation is an important part of Lincolnshire's heritage, and thanks this project more visitors from near and far have been able to explore and enjoy learning about this fascinating history. We wish the team at AHL the very best of luck for the future.”
Tim Downing, Chairman of Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire, said:
“Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire has played a major role in Lincolnshire's tourism industry and economy over the last 3 years and now with the support of Lincolnshire County Council we are extremely excited about the future and continuing to promote the rich heritage our wonderful county has to offer.”
2012 is Lincolnshire's 'Year of Aviation' with a whole series of events planned throughout the year, covering a century of aviation. For further information on the work of Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire, please visit www.aviationheritagelincolnshire.com .