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BBC hold history event at Hall Place, Bexley

PUBLISHED: 11:00 26 June 2012 | UPDATED: 11:00 26 June 2012

Peter Nash and his daughter Nicola Rowe learn about a piece of tile from Chris Hills of Bexley Archaeology Group

Peter Nash and his daughter Nicola Rowe learn about a piece of tile from Chris Hills of Bexley Archaeology Group

Sarah Fosker, Hall Place

The BBC helped people in Bexley delve into their past in a local history event at Hall Place.

The Great British Story also doubled as an opportunity for residents to learn more about a UK wide £1 million grant programme designed to help communities explore and celebrate their past.

It has been developed alongside BBC Two programme The Great British Story - A People’s History, presented by esteemed historian Michael Wood who gave a talk at the event on Sunday at the Bourne Road property.

More than 1,700 people attended and visitors learnt how to trace their family tree, uncover the history of their house, date photographs and discover more about the history of Bexley.

BBC event producer Naomi Arnold said: “We has a fantastic time bringing the Great British Story to Bexley.

“Experts and historians from local groups were on hand to help people delve into their past and they did a great job of spreading their enthusiasm and passion for history.

“There is clearly a huge appetite for local history in the area and it’s easy to see why with beautiful historic buildings like Hall Place on your doorstep.”

Individual grants can range from £3,000 to £10,000 and can include researching local historic landmarks or delving into archives.

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