Oswestry Heritage Comics

An initiative to bring Oswestry’s heritage to life has received a massive boost, thanks to a National Lottery grant of £29,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Local charity, Qube has teamed up with archaeologist and professional comic illustrator, John Swogger, to shine a light on some fascinating facts about our past through Oswestry Heritage Comics to be published each week in the Border Counties Advertiser. Over the next 12 months John will be speaking to local history experts and volunteers to bring us more illuminating and entertaining stories from his studio.

The short series of John’s comic strips published in the Border Counties Advertiser last summer proved to be a real hit with the readers. John said: “I’m delighted to be able to team up with Qube and the Advertiser and introduce more local heritage stories. There is such an incredibly rich history associated with Oswestry and the surrounding area and these comic strips are a great way to bring these facts to life. They engage people in ways which are fun and easy to follow, so everyone gets the message, regardless of their age. Pictures literally can ‘speak a thousand words’.”

John will be holding a series of hands-on workshops at Qube and local schools for budding cartoonists over the coming months. He said: “I’d urge anyone to come along and have a go at one of the comic illustration workshops. It’s really fast and fun process. You don’t need to be able to draw like an artist, you just need a pen, paper, some enthusiasm and an interesting tale to tell!”

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the Heritage Comics project is an opportunity to highlight the important work being done by local heritage organisations that are working hard to research and document our past. Qube CEO, Laurel Roberts said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, local people will be able to find out about what’s going on and get involved in projects to protect and preserve our local history.

“We can learn so much from the past and it’s important that we keep our history alive for our future generations. The Heritage Comics Project is an innovative and exciting way to celebrate what makes our area so incredibly unique.”

Keep an eye on this webpage for the latest comic strips as they are published…

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