Projects exploring England’s working-class history, including stories of pigeon racers in east Cleveland, have been given funding by Historic England.

Fifty six community-led projects are receiving grants as part of Historic England’s Everyday Heritage programme, launched in 2022. It aims to highlight the diversity in the nation’s past.

Pigeon fanciers will be celebrated in a village trail and public event in Skinningrove, organised by North East photographer Joanne Coates.

“On a Wing and a Prayer” aims to showcase the unique heritage and hidden histories of the Skinningrove community through the stories of its pigeon fanciers, Historic England said.

“Pigeon racing is a sport with deep roots in traditional industrial working class communities like Skinningrove,” said a spokesperson. “This project, led by local artist Joanne Coates, will see Joanne collaborate with participants from the rural community to celebrate their industrial heritage and working class traditions by using photography, vernacular archive and sound work.

“As part of this project, the community will create a new village trail and host a public event that will see remaining pigeon fanciers sharing their experiences.”

Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, added: “There are so many hidden histories to uncover here in England.

“Every community has a story to tell and we want to hear them.

“I’m excited to learn more about these fascinating projects as they shine an important light on our working class heritage.”