About our project

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Upper Wincobank Undenominational Chapel is owned and  managed by The Charity for Mary Anne Rawson for Wincobank School Trust.  The trustees, all local volunteers, are delighted to have been awarded a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund  for a community history project “WINCOBANK CHAAPEL: A GIFT TO THE COMMUNITY”.

The Chapel launched the project on Saturday 26th January 2013 . We invite anyone to get in touch and help us.  We want to hear from anyone, near or far, who remembers the Chapel, Sunday School or Concert Hall, the Youth Club or the Dream Scheme. Young or older, your memories are our history and we want to capture them for the next generation.

Please contact us if you have photos or objects that we can scan and add  to the Chapel digital archive.   At the end of the project we will compile a digital archive as well as adding to and preserving the existing Chapel Archive.

We will be finding out more about the family that founded the Chapel and their legacy for Wincobank, Sheffield and overseas.

We will also be publishing an “All Our Stories” booklet using the information and images we have gathered. So – start rummaging in cupboards and searching the attic so that your old photos and souvenirs can make history.

During  the project we will be hunting down information in the Sheffield Archives,  at the University of Sheffield, in London’s V&A Museum and even the National Portrait Gallery. Anyone is welcome to get involved and help.

All Our Stories, a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) small grant programme, was launched in 2012  to provide funding and support so that community groups can carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.

The popular series “The Great British Story” presented by historian Michael Wood and supported by a programme of BBC Learning activities and events, got thousands of us asking questions about our history and inspired us to look at our history in a different way through the eyes of ordinary people.

Using money raised through the National Lottery, HLF sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions,  HLF invests  in every part of our diverse heritage.   For further information checkout the website: www.hlf.org.uk

2 responses to “About our project”

  1. Chantal Brown says :


    I’ve just come across your website whilst researching my family tree and I am a descendant of the Wilson family. John Wycliffe Wilson was my Great Great Great Grandfather and I’ve found researching the family fascinating.

    I think it’s lovely you’re doing a project on the chapel. It’s given me a further insight into the family and I think it’s a fitting tribute to all of their good work.

    Many thanks,


  2. uwuchapel says :

    Hello Chantal

    How good to hear from you! And how amazing that the internet can help us join up the seven generations from Thomas Read of Kilsby to yourself.

    Life and work at Upper Wincobank Chapel continues and will do, we hope, for many years to come. The campaigning work of the Reads and Wilsons is of great inspiration!

    You or any other members of your family will always be very welcome here.

    From all at Upper Wincobank Chapel

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