100 Homes Project wins two national awards

The ever-popular 100 Homes Project was recognised at Birmingham University this week by winning two national awards with the Community Archive Heritage Group.

The 100 Homes Project started in 2014 on the 100th anniversary of the three towns of Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse merging into one city. The project captures the history of Stonehouse in the words of the people who live there – so that their stories and memories will be preserved. 

The Project walked away with the Best Community Engagement Award and Winner of the Best Group at this year’s 12th annual conference. Presenting the awards to Peter Davey, Project Coordinator and Donna Maugham, Assistant Project Coordinator was Nicholas David Barratt alongside the CEO of the Nations Memory Bank.

The Archives and Records Association, and Community Archives and Heritage Group co-hosted the awards with Birmingham University and this year’s event was themed Conflict, Protest and Reconciliation.

Pete was delighted: “This is fantastic news for us as this is national recognition for our local project. This has gone from strength to strength as this small project grew as people became more involved – Once we started with this project the stories just kept on coming. People have told us about wartime bombings, Mormons arriving in Millbay and being besieged by prostitutes and Union Street mayhem. We also got to know the quieter, everyday lives of families and residents – shops that have come and gone, the experience of growing up in Nazareth House – stories of love, friendship and lives being lived.”

Hayley Kemp, Communities Worker for PCH said: “We have been supporting and working on the project right from the start supporting this project; we want our residents to be involved as we know they have some fantastic tales to tell. This is the sort of project that brings communities together both past and present, we have heard some amazing tales and we just keep discovering new ones. We can’t wait to see what new stories are round the corner!”

Find out more about 100 Homes in our video.