40 years of heritage celebrated
Sussex Heritage Trust 40th anniversary dinner
Sussex Heritage Trust celebrated its 40th Anniversary at a black-tie dinner at Petworth House on Friday 6th October. Hosted by the Trust’s President, The Rt. Hon. Lord Egremont and Lady Egremont, the dinner highlighted the Trust’s work to support the conservation movement in Sussex.
The dinner, supported by Nyetimber and RH & RW Clutton, featured Sandy Nairne CBE FSA, former Director of the National Portrait Gallery, as the after-dinner speaker. Sandy is currently a Trustee of The National Trust and he spoke about his work with the Trust, alongside his distinguished career in the museums and galleries sector.
The dinner was attended by over 150 guests from across Sussex including the High Sheriff of East Sussex, Maureen Chowen DL; Patron of the Trust, Lord Lloyd of Berwick; former High Sheriffs of West Sussex, Denise Patterson DL and Mark Spofforth OBE DL; owner and chief executive of Nyetimber, Eric Heerema; former Private Secretary to Margaret Thatcher MP, Sir Clive Whitmore GCB CVO; and Trustee, Charles Anson CVO DL and his wife, historian and author Juliet Nicolson.
The black-tie dinner took place in The North Gallery at Petworth House, hosting some of the house’s impressive art collection, including works by Turner, Fuseli, Flaxman and Blake. The evening concluded with a lively auction conducted by The Reverend Rupert Toovey, of Toovey’s, Fine Art & Antique Auctioneers, to further raise funds to support the Trust’s charitable aims to preserve, improve and encourage the appreciation of the architectural and natural landscape of Sussex.
Dr John Godfrey DL, Chairman of the Trust, said: “We are very grateful to Lord & Lady Egremont, the National Trust and Sandy Nairne for enabling us to celebrate 40 years of the Sussex Heritage Trust’s work in the incomparable surroundings of Petworth House. It was a very special evening for all our guests and friends which will be remembered for many years to come and inspire us to continue our vital work in celebrating the natural and built environment of West & East Sussex and the city of Brighton & Hove.”
Nyetimber said: “The influence of the Sussex natural landscape on the quality of our celebrated sparkling wines cannot be overstated, which is why Nyetimber is honoured to be able to play a part in this evening, recognising the remarkable work of the Sussex Heritage Trust.”
RH & RW Clutton said: “RH & RW Clutton are delighted to be supporting the 40th anniversary dinner of the Sussex Heritage Trust at Petworth House on 6th October.”