Published: 12th Feb 2021

Historic England has launched a podcast series called ‘High Street Tales’ as part of a new cultural programme. The £7.4m cultural programme is part of the £95m High Streets Heritage Action Zones initiative, which is currently working across 68 English high streets. Alongside the national cultural programme, the 68 High Streets Heritage Action Zones will each receive substantial grants from Historic England for their ‘cultural consortia’ of local arts organisations to curate and create locally-developed cultural offerings for their high streets over the coming three years. As part of the programme, eight contemporary writers have worked with their local communities to explore the everyday magic of high streets, creating seven new short stories, or ‘High Street Tales’. The tales have been published as an ebook which features an introduction by writer Andy Miller (author of ‘The Year of Reading Books Dangerously’), and is available via the Historic England website. The stories draw on local legend and memory … (To read the full article, subscribe below)