enJOY arts awarded National Lottery and Trafford Housing Trust funding for new project, “Mothers in Crisis: Then and Now.”


enJOY arts has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £86,697 plus a further £10,000 from Trafford Housing Trust for a new creative heritage project “Mothers in Crisis: Then and Now” in Trafford, Greater Manchester. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on mothers’ experiences during the Pandemic. 

Covid has been cited as the biggest crisis the world has experienced since WWII.  Focusing on experiences from WWII comparing and contrasting this to the Pandemic, “Mothers in Crisis: Then and Now” will look at how mothers have responded and adapted, showing resilience in times of crises.

Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will enable mothers from Trafford, to share their experiences and re-story what has happened in this pandemic, placing it in a context of resilience as they learn about the experiences of mothers in the past. We want mothers of this pandemic to share their voices, make their mark and to capture living history.

Working with artists and volunteers, participants will creatively explore heritage in new and exciting ways. enJOY arts will work in partnership with Stretford Public Hall (SPH) People’s History Museum (PHM) and Working Class Movement Library (WCML), culminating in a performance, exhibition and digital archive.

enJOY arts CIC is an award winning community organisation based in Manchester, working across the North West. For us, the power of the arts lies in their ability to uplift, empower and bring people together. We deliver creative heritage projects with community groups, successfully engaging those who are hard to reach. Working in partnership with heritage venues, to explore untold histories from a female perspective, finding common ground between our participants and the heritage they are exploring. 

Commenting on the award, Erica Adkins, Project Manager, said “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery Players. As an organisation run by working mothers we feel passionately that a creative heritage project for Mothers is needed now more than ever before. We are really looking forward to exploring stories of mothers’ resilience from the past, documenting recent stories from mothers of the pandemic and sharing these with the wider public.”

Louise Sutherland, Senior Engagement Manager for the North of England at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “We are delighted to support enJOY arts in researching and recording the stories highlighting the resilience and innovation shown by mothers in times of crises through this project. Mothers play an incredibly important role in our heritage and this grant, made possible by the National Lottery players, will make sure that these voices and memories of the community can be heard for generations to come.”

Her Hidden Histories visit the People’s History Museum

Our Her Hidden Histories groups had a fantastic time visiting the People’s History Museum on Monday afternoon. Young women from Cedar Mount Academy and Newall Green High School came together for the first time in this phase of the project to gather inspiration for their upcoming performances at Victoria Baths in May. The performances will explore the role of everyday working women in the struggle for the vote and the groups came away buzzing with ideas!

Now we’re gearing up for more visits and creative workshops in the Easter Holidays: we’ll be heading to the Pankhurst Centre and the Working Class Movement Library as well as trying our hand at some music and dance. We can’t wait!