£95,000 boost for heritage project celebrating history of Dewsbury Rams

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded more than £95,000 to a rugby league project which will celebrate the history of the Dewsbury Rams.

By Staff Reporter
Monday, 23rd May 2022, 9:00 am

Looking Back CIC has received £95,900 for the Dewsbury Heroes project, which focuses on the history of Dewsbury Rams rugby league club from its origins to the present day.

Dewsbury Heroes will record, preserve and celebrate the history of Dewsbury Rams from its inception in 1898 through its glorious early years to its modern renaissance as a progressive community-based club, by running a two-year heritage project which will engage the local community, former players and supporters alike.

A spokesperson for the project, which was developed in conjunction with the club, said: "Dewsbury Rams rugby league club has played an important part of the history of the town.

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The Dewsbury Heroes project will celebrate the history of the Rams. Photo: TCF Photography

"It has relied on local people to play, officiate and support over the years and we want to use this project to tell that story and bring it to life for local people by working with current supporters of the club and its former players/officials.

"We intend to tell the story in a digital museum, celebrate the history of the players by awarding heritage numbers and create some permanent displays sharing the history of the club, recording oral histories and develop dementia friendly environments."

Mark Sawyer, chairman of Dewsbury Rams, said: "The National Lottery Heritage Fund grant is a fantastic award for Looking Back.

"Working together with Dewsbury Rams we will be able to create a virtual museum and exhibition which celebrates the rich and varied history of our club and celebrates the players who have worn the red, amber and black of Dewsbury over the years.

Dewsbury Rams in action against Featherstone Rovers earlier this month. Photo: TCF Photography

"The project is exciting and will bring to life the continuing history of Dewsbury Rams rugby league for a new audience, as well as our long-standing loyal supporters."

Looking Back CIC has created a network of rugby league reminiscence clubs, supporting anyone with a memory loss condition and/or suffering from social isolation.

It runs face-to-face, virtual and hybrid sessions every week with rugby league clubs across the country, having launched its first ever club in Dewsbury in 2019.