What was Discovering Places?
Discovering Places was the London 2012’s Cultural Olympiad campaign to inspire communities across the UK to discover their local environment – with all its hidden places, extraordinary spaces and the stories they have to tell.
The aim of Discovering Places was to give everyone the opportunity to discover, explore and be inspired by the UK’s hidden gems; from historic or contemporary buildings to public or natural spaces in and around the cities, towns and villages where we live and work.
Our projects are Discover Explore, Meet the Species and Walk the World.
Who ran Discovering Places?
Discovering Places was one of the 9 major projects of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, managed by The Heritage Alliance and delivered in partnership with the London 2012 Organising Committee of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games (LOCOG).
The Heritage Alliance, established in 2002 as Heritage Link, is the biggest alliance of heritage interests in the UK and was set up to promote the central role of the non-Government movement in the heritage sector.
What was the Cultural Olympiad?
The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad was the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Spread over four years from September 2008 to September 2012, it gave everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 by inspiring creativity and participation across all forms of culture.
Who did Discovering Places working with?
Discovering Places worked with many partners to deliver large, medium and small scale engagement projects and one off events. This included:
Discover Explore is working with:
In the Great Glen: The National Trust For Scotland’s Culloden Battlefield, British Waterways Scotland, The Waterways Trust, Abriachan Forest Trust, John Muir Trust, Highland Council (Glen Nevis Visitor Centre & Highland Countryside Rangers), Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Historic Scotland at Urquhart Castle, Merkinch Local Nature Reserve.
In the Lee Valley: River Lea Tidal Mill Trust, Royal Small Arms Trust, Bruce Museum – Haringey Council, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey Church, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, Markfield Beam Engine Museum, RSPB, Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, Ware Museum
Who funded Discovering Places?
Discovering Places was funded by a grant from Olympic Lottery Distributor (OLD) through the London Organising Committee of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)
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