A project to research and present a history of Truro has been awarded over £150,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Truro city council has learned that its application for funding towards the Truro Historical Project has been successful.

The two-year project will involve volunteers visiting various archives in Cornwall to piece together a detailed history of the city.

Then, under the direction of a project leader, the results of the research will be made available to the public in a number of ways.

Russell Holden, Truro town clerk, said: "The project will bring two key benefits to the people of Truro. It will provide an opportunity to them to become involved as volunteers and in the second year it will provide different ways for people to learn more about Cornwall's capital."

The information gathered during the research phase will be presented through materials for schools, the City of Lights parade next year, a website and a brand new exhibition, to be housed in the city council foyer.

The first step for the project will be to recruit the project leader and volunteers and strengthen partnerships with other organisations.

Mr Holden added: "We are all very excited about working together to improve people's understanding of this wonderful city."

Councillor Bert Biscoe said: "By undertaking this project Truro city council wants to ensure that as many people as possible can access, understand and enjoy the rich history of their city, in order to foster a sense of pride, promote Truro as a place in which to live and strengthen feelings of community identity and self-worth."