100 Years of Coconuts was launched, in the form of the online museum www.100yearsofcoconuts.co.uk, in 2012 to mark the centenary of Abbey United/Cambridge United. An initial HLF-funded project enabled the collection of oral history, a performance of Victorian-style football and the preservation of artefacts and memorabilia.
Since 2012, ‘Coconuts’ volunteers have expanded their sphere of activities to encompass a relaunch of the website with additional features, a lively social media presence, further oral history collection, an events programme and the creation of merchandise bearing the ‘Happy Harry’ logo.
Coconuts research has unearthed new information about the early years of Abbey United, the people who worked to establish it and the Barnwell/Abbey/Fen Ditton area in which it developed. Research is continuing and the results will be announced when it is complete.
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, since 1994 the Heritage Lottery Fund has not only revitalised hundreds of museums, parks, historic buildings, landscapes and wildlife sites, but has also given new meaning to heritage itself. People from every walk of life are now involved with the heritage that inspires them, making choices about what they want to keep and share from the past, for future generations. HLF has supported more than 33,000 projects, allocating over £5 billion across the UK, including £413 million to projects across the East of England region alone. Website: www.hlf.org.uk.
For further information, images and interviews, please contact
Dave Matthew-Jones, Chairman of Cambridge Fans United Trust Board:
M: 07703 274034
Or see the recruitment page for the position here.