Press Release – Cinderloo1821 wins National Lottery support

Today, Cinderloo 1821 has received a National Lottery grant of £10k for an exciting heritage project to commemorate the Cinderloo uprising that took place in Dawley, Telford in 1821. It is made possible by money raised by National Lottery players. The project focuses on the battle that took place between local colliers and the Shropshire yeomanry and the consequences that led to 2 men being shot dead and local man Tom Palin being convicted and hung for ‘felonious riot’.

Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the project will enable local people of all ages to explore the story and the events that led to the uprising, how the events impact on current community issues, and the physical origins of the events, which are visible in the industrial archaeology and slag tips that Telford new town was built upon.

Cinderloo 1821 is an organisation that brings together artists, writers, researchers, local family historians, trades unionists, Town & Parish councils, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust and a range of groups interested in raising the profile of the story that has largely gone unrecorded. The grant will enable the group to work with local schools, young people and older age groups to create materials and learn about the events and the cause of social justice.

The project will work alongside Participate Contemporary Artspace CiC, a collaboration of local artists and creative practitioners, to engage up to 5 schools and up to 200 children to build awareness ahead of the 200th anniversary in 2021.  The young people will learn about their local history, develop new media and communication skills and improve understanding about social justice and conflict.

There will be plenty of opportunities for people to get involved, learn new skills and volunteer at future events.  Cinderloo1821 offers an open invitation to its AGM at the Elephant and Castle in Dawley High Street from 7pm 21st February 2019 to hear about future plans including walks, workshops and other activities, and the group welcomes anyone interested in taking part to get in contact.

Commenting on the award, Pete Jackson spokesperson for Cinderloo 1821 said: “We are delighted to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are looking forward to working with schools and young people to raise awareness about this significant local historical event that is a local best kept secret.”

Notes to editors

About Cinderloo 1821

We are a community group set up to encourage an interest in the story and history associated with the ‘Battle of Cinderloo 1821’ to the wider community by providing a programme of awareness and public information. @cinderloo1821 on twitter and Cinderloo on Facebook



About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLottery and #HLFsupported.

Further information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Pete Jackson at Cinderloo 1821  on 07583403577 or email

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