[NEWS] National Jazz Archive awarded 83k for 2016 project

We would like to congratulate The National Jazz Archive who were awarded £83,300 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Intergenerational Jazz Reminiscence Project, commencing in January 2016.

From the help of National Lottery players, The National Jazz Archive will be giving people the opportunity to learn about and contribute to the National Jazz Archive through a programme of performance, oral history and reminiscence.

“This is a great result for a magnificent team effort. The HLF award is a tremendous endorsement of the National Jazz Archive. It recognises and builds on the success achieved by our first HLF project ‘The Story of British Jazz’, and presents a wonderful opportunity to develop our relationship with a broad range of new and existing partners. It also enables us to further develop the Archive and to increase access to and public engagement with our important collections.”

Paul Kaufman, Chair of the Trustees of the National Jazz Archive


The intergenerational project will explore how different generations have promoted, performed, supported, and documented our jazz heritage. 

The project will also work with the Black Cultural Archives to encourage participation from the older black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities, including local musicians associated with these communities.

In addition, there will be an exhibition celebrating the people and places that have shaped jazz music across the UK.

“This project is a great example of the breadth of heritage supported by National Lottery players. We’re really pleased that our funding will allow more people to explore and learn about this fascinating and important archive.”

Robyn Llewellyn, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England


The National Jazz Archive will be leading the project, and will work in partnership with other specialist organisations to deliver it: Age UK, Black Cultural Archives, Chelmsford Museums Service, Essex University, Loughton Youth Project, the Open University, and local jazz clubs.

More info available here