Shadwell Local History Society this week celebrated after being awarded a £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant.
The cash will be used to promote an interest in the history and heritage of the local area, to help people tell their stories through oral history, develop history trails, build up an archive of resources and carry out research.
Commenting on the award, Denise Trickett, Chairman of Shadwell Local History Society, said: “It’s brilliant that we have been awarded this grant and we can’t wait to get started.
“We love our local area and know that there is so much more to discover about our past.
“We are all really excited to be exploring our history and involving the local community in this project.”
Sharing Heritage is a new funding programme to help people across the UK explore, conserve and share all aspects of the history and character of their local area.
Shadwell Local History Society was launched last November when the village celebrated the centenary of the village becoming part of Leeds.
The Society is run by volunteers and works with the parish council and Shadwell Independent Library.
Fiona Spiers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Yorkshire and Humber, said: “Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that Shadwell Heritage can embark on a real journey of discovery.
“Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”
Shadwell Heritage aims to inspire local people to build up an archive of maps, research aspects of the village, interview long-time residents and highlight oldest buildings, land use and street furniture.
Shadwell Local History Society is keen to receive information.