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Tillingbourne Valley Project

Tillingbourne Valley Project

This Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) project will focus on the wonderful and unique industrial heritage of the Tillingbourne Valley.

The project titled: “The Tales and Trails of the Tillingbourne Valley”, will encourage the villages along the valley to research and record its unique industrial past that has stamped its character on their communities. Leather, Paper, Iron, Gunpowder and Corn milling are some of the industries the River Tillingbourne supported for centuries but memories and knowledge of this history are fading fast. The aim of this HLF funded project is to give the next generation, who may know little about the history of the area they live in, a chance to get their hands on the facts and explore the past story of their communities in an engaging way.

It is hoped to encourage each village, and in particular local schools and young people, to become involved with their families in bringing history to life by researching their heritage and creating a local fictional character from the past and writing their story. The project will include local celebration events.

As part of exploring the rich history of the valley, this HLF Project will help villages develop a Tillingbourne Trail that will promote walks along the footpaths of the valley and its surrounding hillsides.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about nature and water conservation, and gain skills needed to maintain and improve the beautiful River Tillingbourne for future generations to enjoy.

The lottery funding will enable the Shere Museum to become a hub for all this effort and help fund a new “Tillingbourne Gallery” which will become a permanent source of inspiration and information on the valley’s industrial history, displaying artefacts and research findings developed during the project.

This project is all about bringing people together, through a shared love of their surroundings and roots. A pageant is planned for the end of the project to celebrate the success of the project and bring together the stories that have emerged.

If you would like to be a part of recording and preserving the Tillingbourne’s fascinating history and heritage, please express your interest by contacting: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Tel.07749455381) Shere Museum, Gomshall Lane, Shere, Surrey GU5 9HEM