Managing a Masterpiece is a three year programme to understand, conserve and celebrate the landscape of the Stour Valley. There are 14 overarching projects with 62 outcomes covering archaeology, biodiversity, and conservation of historic features, which will involve volunteers, visitors and organisations already working in the Valley. The Stour Valley has long inspired artists and writers. Managing a Masterpiece will focus on clusters of heritage hotspots around Clare, Sudbury, Bures, Stoke by Nayland and Dedham.
Over the next three years there will be a series of courses and events ranging from basket weaving to archaeological digs, all of which are available to residents of the area. For more details, see the latest courses and events section of this site.
The project is a £1.1m scheme.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Landscape Partnership Scheme has awarded a grant of £910,000 The remainder is found through contributions by the partners and 'in kind' contributions from volunteers.
On the Essex-Suffolk border comprising of the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the wider river valley, from Cattawade to the Cambridgeshire border.
It is cherished as an unspoilt lowland river valley which has a timeless quality and many clues to the past found in the mosaic of landscape features with a strong association with famous artists.
A group of 19 organisations representing public, environmental, church, recreation, and educational interests which will deliver the Scheme.
A series of actions to help understand, conserve and celebrate the Stour Valley and its natural and built heritage.
The Scheme will deliver projects that will improve facilities and offer everyone the opportunity to become involved in caring for, conserving and understanding this special and unique area.