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*Please note that applications are now closed for this position*

We are Hiring!

The Sussex Heritage Trust is looking for an Office and Accounts Administrator.

Sussex Heritage Trust is looking for an experienced administrator to join their busy, small team.  The core responsibility of this role is to support the Trust with day-to-day financial administration and office support.  This would include working with our Treasurer, CEO and Trustees.

In additional to a head for figures, the administrator will also be responsible for assisting the CEO in running the office.  This will include general office administration and assisting the CEO with all the activities of the trust including events management.

The successful applicant should demonstrate excellent organisational and administration skills as well as the ability to work independently and as part of a small team.  Our ideal candidate will be IT literate and be able to use a variety of software packages such as Xero, Excel, Word and Office.

Terms and Conditions

This post is part-time and will involve an average of three days’ work a week (25 hours), which can be spread flexibly over 5 days (school hours).  The Trust can also offer 30 days holiday pro-rata which can be taken during school holidays.

The salary is £15,000 per annum.

The office location is Chichester Enterprise Centre, Terminus Road, Chichester PO19 8FY, the successful applicant would be expected to spend at least two days a week in the office with the opportunity to be home-based for the remaining hours/days.

How to Apply?

Applications are invited by Monday 22nd November.  Please email a current CV and a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the job and how you meet the person specification to office@sussexheritagetrust.org.uk.  The first interviews will be held at the Sussex Heritage Trust office on Friday 3rd December.  Do call Helen Reeve at Sussex Heritage Trust for an informal conversation on 01243 576 524.

For a full job description please click here.

Private Tour of Devonshire Park

Tuesday, 9th November 2021

We are greatly indebted to Chief Executive, Robert Cottrill and his team, who have generously invited us to Devonshire Park for a private tour and afternoon tea from 2pm until 4pm.  The brand-new Welcome Building and Grade II* listed Congress Theatre received a Sussex Heritage Trust Award in 2020.

We shall meet at the Welcome Building, where tea and coffee will be available.  The first part of the tour will be in the Congress Theatre recently subject to extensive refurbishment, including a look around the stunning auditorium, the largest in the South East.  You will also have the opportunity to look behind the scenes at the dressing rooms and other areas that enable this impressive building to host world class theatre productions.  Returning to the Welcome Building to view in its entirety and see how the visionary piece of architecture links the listed buildings across the Devonshire Quarter complex.

This will be followed by a tour of the Grade II listed Winter Garden, which is still undergoing restoration works, where you will have the opportunity to take in the magnificent Floral Hall that has been brought back to its original state while being complemented by installation of state-of-the-art technical equipment to host a variety of performances and events.  You will also have access to all the areas currently undergoing works, including one of the Country’s only remaining Racquet Courts.

For the last part of the tour, you will be able to view the Grade II Devonshire Park Theatre, which has only just re-opened.  Finally, you will retire to the Stage Door Pub for an opportunity to reflect and discuss the tour when an afternoon tea will be served.

Tickets are £40 each (£35 for Friends), please contact the Sussex Heritage Trust office by email office@sussexheritagetrust.org.uk or telephone 01243 576 524 to book.

Parham House Raises Funds for Heritage  

A fundraising dinner for the Sussex Heritage Trust

Over one hundred guests enjoyed a black-tie dinner at Parham House on Thursday 14th October.  £20,000 was raised in funds for the work of the Sussex Heritage Trust, to support the conservation and heritage movement in Sussex.

Parham is one of the country’s finest Elizabethan houses, set at the foot of the South Downs in West Sussex.  Owned by a charitable trust, this beautiful house has changed little over the centuries and is the home of Lady Emma and Mr James Barnard and their family.

The dinner, supported by Martin and Company, saw after-dinner speaker Jeremy Musson, an author, presenter and consultant specialising in the field of historic country houses, touch on his enthusiasm for heritage in particular using his extensive knowledge on the history of Parham House.

Attended by friends and supporters of the Sussex Heritage Trust, including the President of the Trust Lord Egremont and Lady Egremont, Lady Emma Barnard and Mr James Barnard, Lord and Lady Hampden, Col Sir Brian Barttelot and Lady Barttelot, vice Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex Mrs Sara Stonor, former High Sheriff of West Sussex Mrs Denise Patterson and Patrons of the Trust Lady Renton of Mount Harry, Dr John Godfrey and former High Sheriff of East Sussex Violet Hancock.

A drinks reception, supported by Wiston Estate, took place in the Long Gallery, which is the third longest in a private house in England and runs the entire length of the House.  This was followed by a dinner, supported by Stopham Vineyard, in the Great Hall which is at the heart of the house, with many Tudor and Stuart portraits looking down from the walls.

Lady Emma Barnard said “It was a great pleasure to welcome everyone to Parham to support the excellent work of the Sussex Heritage Trust.  Parham was very dilapidated when my great-grandparents Clive and Alicia Pearson acquired it in 1922, and without their care and restoration it might well not be standing today.  I like to think that if the Sussex Heritage Trust had existed then, they might have been worthy recipients of one of the Awards!”

Simon Knight, Chairman of the Trust said: “We are hugely grateful to Lady Emma and Mr James Barnard for giving their kind permission to host our Biennial fundraising dinner at their home.  Parham House is a truly special place and still very much a family home.  The dinner was held to raise much-needed funds for the work of the Sussex Heritage Trust.”

Sussex Heritage Trust Biennial Dinner at Parham House

Our Biennial dinner took place on 14th October and was a great success. We are greatly indebted to Lady Emma and Mr James Barnard who generously invited us to their home for the event. A programme of the evening is available to view here.

Endangered Crafts Fund

The Heritage Crafts Association and the Sussex Heritage Trust award new grants to save endangered crafts from extinction. A wallpaper maker from East Sussex is among eight recipients from across the UK, in the latest round of grants awarded to help safeguard some of the UK’s most endangered craft skills.

The Sussex Heritage Trust, in partnership with the Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) has awarded Deborah Bowness a grant to learn traditional wallpaper making techniques through one-to-one training with a wallpaper conservationist.

The HCA which published the third edition of its groundbreaking HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts in May, awarded a further seven grants from its Endangered Crafts Fund, which was launched in 2019 to increase the likelihood of endangered crafts surviving into the next generation.  The successful recipients are:

  • Catherine Ade, from Bristol, to run a series of workshops on different lithography techniques and continue to supply lithography plate graining services.
  • Peter Ananin, from Fife, to train an apprentice in the skills and knowledge of traditional Scottish bark tanning.
  • Rachel Evans, from Stoke-on-Trent, to learn the techniques of hazel basketmaking, specifically the Gower cockle basket and the whisket.
  • Nikki Laird, from Edinburgh, to print a book on how to make a traditional hand sewn kilt.
  • Kate Longley, from Cornwall, to maintain the skills and knowledge of withy crab and lobster pot making in the community of Gorran Haven.
  • Steven Lowe, from East Sussex, to provide shoe last making courses covering including heel making.
  • Edie Obilaso, from London, to make hats from straw plait produced on an antique machine, and to document the craft.

As usual the fund was oversubscribed, and the HCA hopes to work with many of the unsuccessful candidates to identify other funding and support opportunities.

HCA Endangered Crafts Manager Mary Lewis said:

“For all the progress we’ve made, it will take more than just the Heritage Crafts Association to save craft skills; it will be the people who make a positive choice to learn, make and teach an endangered craft who will do that. These projects will provide future generations with opportunities that they might not otherwise have, to become productive and healthy members of our shared craft community.”

The Sussex Endangered Crafts Fund has been funded through The Ian Foulerton Charitable Trust and the Sussex Heritage Trust.  The nationwide fund has been funded through generous donations from organisations including Garfield Weston Foundation, the Dulverton Trust, the Sussex Heritage Trust, as well as individuals who have donated sums from £5 right up to several thousands of pounds.

The next round of Endangered Crafts Fund is available to apply for please go to www.heritagecrafts.org.uk/ecf-apply for further details.

For further information please click here.

Award Winning Design leads the way at Heritage Awards

Excellent design, architecture and craftmanship were the winners at the 2021 Sussex Heritage Trust Awards.  Thirty Award winning projects were announced at the 2021 Sussex Heritage Trust Awards on Wednesday 15th September.

Chairman of the Sussex Heritage Trust, Simon Knight presented the Awards to a sold-out ceremony and lunch at Pangdean Old Barn, Pyecombe, with guests including the High Sheriffs of East and West Sussex.

The Awards saw the inaugural announcement of the South Downs Design Award.  Belloc Close in Midhurst, a Mid-Scale Residential Award winner, won the overall Award for projects based in the South Downs.  King and Drury worked closely with MH Architects to create four new homes on the site of a former ambulance station.  The judges noted: “A very exciting and well-thought-out development on a difficult brownfield site, it clearly had care and attention to details high on its list of priorities.”

This followed the announcement of nine other categories including Ecclesiastical, Commercial, Building Crafts and Residential Awards.  Winners in the Public and Community category included: Catering Facilities and Classrooms at Christ’s Hospital, Horsham (submitted by NRAP Architects), the new Goodwood Education Centre (submitted by SMD Construction Consultancy), Ropemakers Academy in Hailsham (submitted by ECE Architecture), Shelter Hall in Brighton (submitted by R H Partnership Architects Limited) and Unity, the sculpture of a nurse on East Street in Chichester by stainless steel fabricator, John Gillespie.

Architect, Jane Jones-Warner of Jane Jones-Warner Associates was announced as the 2021 Sussex Heritage Person of the Year, sponsored by Harvey’s Brewery.  Chairman, Simon Knight said:

“There is no doubt Jane’s extraordinary contribution to heritage in Sussex with a career spanning 30 years focusing on building conservation.  Her passion began at Uppark in West Sussex, where she was based on-site for three years following their devastating fire in 1989.  More recently Jane was the project architect at Grade II* listed West Dean College for their extensive conservation roof repair project.  I am absolutely delighted to recognise Jane’s career and passion for heritage by acknowledging her as Sussex Heritage Person of the Year.”

For a full list of all Award winners and Highly Commended projects please click here.

One month until funding deadline for Endangered Crafts Fund

The Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) and the Sussex Heritage Trust (SHT) continue to provide Sussex-based applicants with grants of up to £2,000 to help save endangered crafts.

The Endangered Crafts Fund was launched in 2019 to increase the likelihood of endangered crafts surviving into the next generation.  In March 2021, nine new grants were awarded, four in Sussex, to help safeguard some of the UK’s most endangered craft skills.

The four Sussex grants were awarded to two flint wallers, a brick and tile maker and a Sussex trug maker.  To apply, the craft must be listed as endangered or critically endangered on the current HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts.

A second round of funding is now available with deadline for applications on 27th August 2021.  A wide variety of support is available from training yourself to learning a new craft or technique, to training an apprentice, buying specialist equipment, running workshops or finding innovative approaches to supporting and promoting endangered crafts. To apply for funding please go to our website.

The UK-wide Endangered Crafts Fund is supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Dulverton Trust, Allchurches Trust, the Radcliffe Trust and individual donors.  The Sussex-wide Endangered Crafts Fund is supported by The Ian Foulerton Charitable Trust.  For more information about the Fund, email HCA Endangered Crafts Officer Mary Lewis at mary@heritagecrafts.org.uk or SHT General Manager, Helen Reeve at helen.reeve@sussexheritagetrust.org.uk

Picture: Dominic Parrette – Sussex Trug and Devon Stave Baskets maker and recipient of a Sussex Endangered Crafts Award

Funding Boost for Sussex Building Conservation Bursaries

The Sussex Heritage Trust has received significant funding for young people and those looking to retrain in building conservation.  The Ian M Foulerton Charitable Trust, The Hans and Märit Rausing Charitable Trust and Seaward Homes have all provided funding towards full or part time bursaries to cover the costs of historic building conservation courses.

West Dean College and the Weald and Downland Living Museum have recently been able to open their doors again to adult learners, offering courses from Oak Timber Framing to Structural Repair of Historic Buildings to Conservation of Historic Concrete in their unique learning environments.

The Trust aims to support Sussex-based young people from 18-25 and those looking to retrain in traditional building skills.  The bursary covers the full cost of any course and contributes to travel and accommodation cost.

Bursary recipient Claire Clifton who recently attended a Plasters and Renders course at West Dean College said: “Bursary schemes like this one are a lifeline to help develop and extend our craft, and in turn help to preserve intangible heritage.”

Simon Knight, Chairman of Sussex Heritage Trust said: “Without the support of our sponsors and grants providers, many of these vital traditional building skills would be lost.  We are therefore very grateful to The Ian Foulerton Charitable Trust, The Hans and Marit Rausing Charitable Trust and Seaward Homes for preserving and protecting our future heritage.”

For further details on how to apply for a Sussex Heritage Trust Bursary please click here.

Sussex endangered crafts

Sussex Grants Awarded for Endangered Crafts

The Heritage Crafts Association and the Sussex Heritage Trust award four new grants to help save endangered crafts from extinction

A brick and tile maker, two flint wallers and a trug maker have been awarded grants to help safeguard some of Sussex’s most endangered craft skills.

The Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) and the Sussex Heritage Trust (SHT) have awarded the grants through the HCA’s Endangered Crafts Fund, which was launched in 2019 to increase the likelihood of endangered crafts surviving into the next generation. The Sussex Heritage Trust received funding from the Ian M Foulerton Trust, alongside other donations, to fund the Sussex-based grants.

In 2019 the HCA published the second edition of its groundbreaking HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts, the first research of its kind to rank the UK’s traditional crafts by the likelihood that they will survive into the next generation. The report assessed 212 crafts to ascertain those which are at greatest risk of disappearing, of which four were classified as extinct, 71 as ‘endangered’ and a further 36 as ‘critically endangered’.

The four successful Sussex recipients are:

  • Duncan Berry, from Chichester, to buy tools to enable him to pass on his skills as a flint waller.
  • Ben Bosence, from Lewes, to develop and make bricks and tiles from waste clay that has been excavated locally.
  • Bob Green, from Brighton, to buy tools to enable him to develop and pass on his skills as a flint waller.
  • Dominic Parrette, from Horam, to build shave horses to allow him to teach trainees how to make Sussex trug and Devon stave baskets.

These four projects join five more awarded nationally, and follow 18 awarded in previous rounds, covering endangered crafts such as skeined willow chair seating, lipwork straw basketry, commercial handmade paper making concertina making flute making.

Mary Lewis, HCA Endangered Crafts Officer, said:

“During the COVID-19 pandemic our craft skills are at more risk than ever before. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Sussex Heritage Trust to address the specific challenges of COVID-19 to endangered skills and knowledge in Sussex, a region renowned for its craftsmanship and material heritage.”

Simon Knight DL, Chairman of the Sussex Heritage Trust, said:

“Excellent architecture and design, traditional building skills and craftmanship are an important part of the rich heritage of Sussex. This partnership with the Heritage Crafts Association addresses the particular challenges of these crafts and facilitate the transfer of endangered crafts, building skills and knowledge to the next generation.”

For details on how to apply for the next round of Sussex Endangered Crafts Funding please please click here.  If you would like to donate to our Endangered Crafts Fund please please click here.

Sussex Heritage Trust awards frequently asked questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR SUSSEX HERITAGE TRUST AWARDS

Do I need to pull together a glossy entry pack?
No – we welcome all Award entries using the Entry Form – this is then used by our judging teams on their visit to your project.
What do I need to send with my Award entry submission?
Please send a completed entry form, 6 before and 6 after photographs of the project, plans – restricted to the planning application and accompanying drawings, a location map and a post code of the site of the project.  Please provide the images in as high resolution as possible via dropbox or wetransfer.
Does the project need to be complete?
Yes – all projects need to be completed by the time of the judging team’s visit.  Projects must have been completed within the last 3 years, with the exception of the Landscape and Gardens category, where the timescale since completion is extended to 7 years.
Do you need to publish the address of the project?
No – just let the administrative team know the project needs to be anonymous, for instance: Large House, West Sussex.   To judge the entry our judging teams will still need access to the project.
Is there an Entry Fee?
Yes – we charge an administration fee depending on the category you enter.  Full details are on our website.  All monies received go towards the work of the Sussex Heritage Trust
Do you have a shortlist? 
No – all the Award entries are visited by our judging teams and there is no shortlist.
Is there a first, second and third place for the Awards?
No – there can be multiple Award winners and Highly Commended projects in any category.
Can you tell me if we have won an Award before the Awards lunch and ceremony?
No – all Awards and Highly Commended projects are announced at the Awards lunch and ceremony and published on the Sussex Heritage Trust website on the same day.
What do I receive if I win an Award or Highly Commended commendation?
All Award winners receive a hand-crafted slate plaque which are designed to be attached to the winning project if you wish.  In addition, all Award winners and all Highly Commended projects receive a certificate hand signed by our President, Lord Egremont DL.  The Building Craft Awards are given to an individual rather than the project and they receive a smaller version of the slate plaque.
What happens if I cannot attend the Awards lunch and ceremony?
If you have an Award or a Highly Commended certificate we will be in touch after the ceremony and arrange delivery of your Award and/or certificate.
Will we receive media coverage?
The Sussex Heritage Trust has a longstanding media partnership with Johnston Press, who widely publish the Award winners across their nine regional titles.

Remember the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards Administrative team is always here to help and answer any questions, just give us a call on 01243 576 524 or email.

South Downs National Park authority

The Sussex Heritage Trust and South Downs National Park Authority launch a new partnership

The Sussex Heritage Trust’s annual Awards were launched today, with a call for new entries for the prestigious architectural and landscape scheme.  The only Sussex-wide Heritage Awards supports excellence in conservation, restoration, and the good design of newly built projects, whilst also encouraging the use of traditional skills and crafts.

This year the South Downs National Park Authority will sponsor a brand-new Award, The South Downs Design Award, which provides an opportunity to promote outstanding design in a nationally designated landscape.  This coveted award will go to a project that clearly demonstrates a positive contribution to the South Downs National Park, including schemes that have conserved and enhanced the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area.

The Awards calls for entries across nine categories from residential to public and community to ecclesiastical to building crafts.  Last year saw a total of 25 Award winners, of which eight featured in the South Downs National Park including the Historic Stew Ponds Project at Arundel Castle and West Dean College Roof Restoration at West Dean College of Art and Conservation.  Highly Commended projects included two projects in Lewes, the Alistair Fleming Design Showroom and Jamie’s Farm.

The Sussex Heritage Trust Awards will be taking entries until Friday 26th March 2021.  Winners of the Awards receive a hand-crafted slate presented by the President of the Sussex Heritage Trust, The Rt Hon Lord Egremont DL on Wednesday 14th July 2021.

For an entry pack and to enter the Awards please go to the application form or email: office@sussexheritagetrust.org.uk

David Cowan, Chairman of the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards Committee, said: “Sussex Heritage Trust is delighted to welcome the South Downs National Park Authority as an Awards partner to help us highlight outstanding design in the South Downs in Sussex.  I would like to thank all our sponsors: The Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust, SavillsCoversHarveys Brewery, The Ian Askew Charitable Trust, Pilbeam ConstructionRH and RW CluttonToovey’s and now the South Downs National Park Authority for their support of our Heritage Awards.”

Tim Slaney, Director of Planning at the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “We’re excited to be supporting these prestigious awards. High-quality design matters to the National Park and to the local communities within it. That’s why we’ve created a template for design excellence in our Local Plan, encouraging architects and builders to use this diverse landscape as a compass for great design. We look forward to seeing the variety of entries that showcase the first-class built environment in the National Park.”

Sussex Endangered Crafts Fund

The Sussex Heritage Trust has teamed up with Heritage Crafts Association and the Weald and Downland Living Museum to invite craft practitioners and organisations in Sussex to apply for small grants to fund projects that support and promote endangered crafts. 

During the pandemic our craft skills are at more risk than ever before. This fund can now be used to address the specific challenges of COVID-19 to endangered skills and knowledge. There will be a maximum of £2,000 available for each project and the Heritage Crafts Association will work with you to develop and support your work.

Click here for further information.

Sussex Endangered Crafts Fund

The Sussex Heritage Trust has teamed up with Heritage Crafts Association and the Weald and Downland Living Museum to invite craft practitioners and organisations in Sussex to apply for small grants to fund projects that support and promote endangered crafts. 

During the pandemic our craft skills are at more risk than ever before. This fund can now be used to address the specific challenges of COVID-19 to endangered skills and knowledge. There will be a maximum of £2,000 available for each project and the Heritage Crafts Association will work with you to develop and support your work.

Click here for further information.

2020

Sussex Heritage Trust Awards – Update on Awards Lunch and Ceremony

The Sussex Heritage Trust Awards Ceremony and Lunch was due to take place on Wednesday 25th November at 12.30pm. It is with great regret that we had decided to cancel the lunch.

In these unprecedented times we are no longer able to host the lunch at Pangdean Old Barn within the current Government guidelines.  I am sure you will share our disappointment – the lunch forms a large part of the Awards continued success and has become a fantastic networking opportunity and celebration for everyone involved.

We are delighted to announce that the Awards will still be revealed on Wednesday 25th November through a virtual ceremony.  The ceremony will go live on our website at 12.30pm where all the Awards and Highly Commended projects will be announced by our Chairman, Simon Knight.

The Awards Programme detailing all the Awards entries will be posted to all those who have entered the Awards, sponsors, home/site owners and Trustees and Patrons.  The programme will also be available on our website and distributed by email. This will maintain a wide circulation for your project.

If you are an Award winner a Trustee of the Sussex Heritage Trust will hand deliver your Awards plaque and all certificates, including for Highly Commended projects, will be posted to you after the ceremony.

We are very excited to still be able to deliver a high-quality Awards ceremony and we look forward to inviting you all to the launch of the 2021 Sussex Heritage Trust Awards (government guidelines permitting!) in the Spring.

If you have already purchased tickets for the lunch, we will email separately with details of a refund.  Like many charities and business 2021 will be financially particularly challenging, so if you are able to contribute any of these funds to our work as a donation this would be very much welcomed.

As always, do not hesitate to contact the Sussex Heritage Trust office on 01243 576 524 or by email if you have any further enquiries.

National Lottery funding boost for Heritage in Sussex
Sussex Heritage Trust receives Emergency Heritage Fund support

Sussex Heritage Trust has received £10,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on heritage.

Like many charities, the Sussex Heritage Trust faces a challenging and difficult future. This funding will go a long way to ensure the Trust’s continued work to preserve, improve and encourage the appreciation of the architectural and natural landscape of Sussex.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the Trust has continued to operate focusing on the popular Sussex Heritage Trust Awards and our bursary scheme, which offers educational opportunities for young people and those looking to retrain in building conservation craft. The only-Sussex-wide Heritage Awards supports excellence in conservation, restoration, and good design of newly built projects, whilst also encouraging the use of traditional skills and crafts. Moving to later this year, the new deadline for entries is Friday 26th June with the Awards ceremony taking place on Wednesday 25th November 2020.

Chairman of the Trust, Simon Knight DL said, “we are so grateful to The National Lottery Heritage Fund, and indeed all those who play the National Lottery, for providing this funding to the Sussex Heritage Trust. As a small charity we like to think we punch well above our weight with the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards and our work giving bursaries to young people looking to improve their traditional craftmanship skills. This money will ensure we continue to deliver this important work across Sussex in the next 12 months and beyond.”

The funding was made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund. £50 million has been made available to provide emergency funding for those most in need across the heritage sector. The National Lottery Heritage Fund is currently open to applications for its Heritage Emergency Fund. To find out more visit: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/responding-coronavirus-covid-19

The Sussex Heritage Trust Awards will be taking entries across nine categories including the Sussex Heritage Trust Person of the Year until Friday 26th June. For an entry pack and to enter the Awards please go to www.sussexheritagetrust.org.uk or email us.

Sussex Heritage Trust Awards 2020

Update on Awards Timetable

Like many charities and award schemes we have had to take into account the recent Covid-19 outbreak. We hope you will agree that the safety of our judging teams and all those who allow us into their homes, places of business, schools, public places and gardens is the most important thing at this time.  We would therefore like to confirm that, subject to the evolving outbreak of the virus, the Sussex Heritage Trust plans to run the Awards later in the year, but with a new timetable as follows:

  • AWARDS DEADLINE – Friday 26th June 2020
  • AWARDS JUDGING – Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th October 2020
  • AWARDS LUNCH AND CEREMONY – Wednesday 25th November at 12.30pm at Pangdean Old Barn, Pyecombe

The Trustees of the Sussex Heritage Trust will continue to monitor the situation and if any further changes need to be made, we will be in touch further.

Thank you to all those who have already submitted an Award entry for this year, and we look forward to receiving any further submissions before Friday 26th June 2020.

Finally, a further thank you to all our sponsors who have supported the Awards and continue to do so despite the recent events.  Like most businesses and charities, the Sussex Heritage Trust will face the same uncertain economic future in the up and coming months.  So, if you haven’t already thought about becoming a friend of the Sussex Heritage Trust now is the time to do so! Please click here to apply to become a friend.

As always, do not hesitate to contact the Sussex Heritage Trust office on 01243 576 524 or by email if you have any further enquiries.

Launch of Sussex Heritage Trust Awards 2020

On Tuesday 11th February 2020, the Sussex Heritage Trust called for new entries to its Awards scheme. This much-loved and anticipated annual Awards is the only Sussex-wide Heritage Awards supporting excellence in conservation, restoration and good design of newly built projects, whilst also encouraging the use of traditional skills and crafts.

The Charleston Trust’s Barns and Galleries won a Sussex Heritage Trust Award in the Public and Community category last year. Celebrated by the judging panel as “a stunning and beautiful restoration of Sussex barns juxtaposed with contemporary new gallery spaces”, the Barns were the setting for the launch of the 2020 Awards.

Chairman, Simon Knight DL welcomed guests including the High Sheriff of East Sussex, Violet Hancock and the High Sheriff of West Sussex, Davina Irwin-Clark. Friends and supporters of the Awards also heard from Nathaniel Hepburn, Director of Charleston and Jolyon Brewis, Trustee of Charleston and Partner at Grimshaw – which has seen his architectural portfolio include the Sussex Heritage Trust Award winning building the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Headquarters at Goodwood, Chichester.

The Chairman of Sussex Heritage Trust, Simon Knight DL, said: “I was lucky enough to judge Charleston’s wonderful Barns and Galleries last year and cannot think of a more fitting venue in the iconic centre of the Bloomsbury Group to launch the prestigious Sussex Heritage Trust Awards for 2020. The Sussex Heritage Trust thank headline sponsor: Gatwick Airport Limited and launch sponsors: Toovey’s, Antique & Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers and all our other friends and sponsors of the Awards”.

The Director of Charleston, Nathaniel Hepburn, said: “Charleston was honoured to be the recipient of a Sussex Heritage Trust Award in 2019 for our restored barns and new art galleries and we are delighted to be hosting the launch of The Sussex Heritage Trust’s 2020 awards at Charleston.”

The Sussex Heritage Trust Awards will be taking entries across nine categories including the Sussex Heritage Trust Person of the Year until Friday 27th March 2020. Winners will receive a hand-crafted slate plaque presented by President of the Trust, Lord Egremont on Wednesday 8th July 2020 at Pangdean Old Barns, Pyecombe. For an entry pack and to enter the Awards please go to www.sussexheritagetrust.org.uk or email: office@sussexheritagetrust.org.uk

Edward Bransfield’s Grave

Pyramid of Eccentric Sussex Gentleman under Threat

For any of you who have visited Brightling in East Sussex, you cannot possibly have missed the Pyramid Mausoleum of John (Mad Jack) Fuller, the Georgian Squire of the village. He achieved great prominence during his lifetime, both controversial and philanthropic. He was an MP who could not be ignored, he supported artists (including Turner), scientists and garden designers. He granted large sums of money to the Royal Institution, part of which funded a professorship for Michael Farraday, the man who really started the production of electricity through his induction experiments.

The Mausoleum where Mr. Fuller is buried is now at the stage where, if we don’t do anything about it, it will go into irreparable decline and will not only spoil the whole presentation of the village and church, but also, will make it more difficult to encourage visitors to the area where, once they have seen the Pyramid, they can then undertake about a 7 mile walk around various follies. Mr. Fuller dotted these around his Parkland here in an AONB. It is a walk which will stretch the eyes to the distant coastal views, expand the chest with fresh air and generally give you a real sense of wellbeing. It will also feed the romantic side of your soul – the follies really do enhance.

Come and visit Brightling (TN32 5HH) and see for yourself. Pick up a brief history of the follies on sale inside the church. Admire the bust of John Fuller in the church. Bring a picnic and your wellingtons – get out there.   You may even be moved to help fundraise to reach our target of £45,000.

For further details of the project or to add your support please email fullernew@gmail.com

The City of Brighton and Hove Commemorates Antarctic Pioneer

The City of Brighton and Hove is to commemorate Edward Bransfield R.N. (1785-1852), the navigator and explorer who discovered Antarctica in 1820, by erecting a Blue Plaque on his former home in Brighton. The ceremony will take place at 11 Clifton Road on January 30, 11.30 for 11.45am 2020 to mark the 200th anniversary, to the day, of Bransfield’s pioneering discovery which began the celebrated era of Antarctic exploration and later featured Captain Robert Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Edward Bransfield lived in Clifton Road from 1847 to early 1851 and later moved to 61 London Road where died on October 30, 1852 at the age of 67. He is buried in the Extra-Mural Cemetery, Brighton.

The Brighton and Hove Commemorative Plaque Panel has approved the Blue Plaque with the support of the Remembering Edward Bransfield Committee. The unveiling ceremony will be performed by the Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Alan Robins, with Rear Admiral Richard John Lippiett CB. CBE. DL in attendance.

The Plaque Panel set up by Brighton & Hove City Council VisitBrighton in 2005 is the successor to schemes run originally by Brighton and Hove Corporations and the Regency Society. The first plaques in Brighton appeared in 1925 and the scheme is now believed one of the oldest initiatives for plaque installations in the world, apart from that in London.

The Remembering Edward Bransfield Committee is a voluntary group established to commemorate Bransfield and to erect a monument in his birthplace of Ballinacurra, Cork. After arranging support from international and Irish sources, the monument is to be unveiled on January 25th, 2020.

BRIGHTON & HOVE COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE PANEL                              

REMEMBERING EDWARD BRANSFIELD COMMITTEE

Bursary to support heritage crafts at risk

The Sussex Heritage Trust opened their bursary scheme for 2020 for young people and those looking to retrain in building conservation based in Sussex.  The Trust has recently received funding for the courses from The Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust and Historic Houses, South East.

In March 2019 the Heritage Crafts Association updated The Red List of Endangered Crafts – which looks at the vitality of traditional heritage crafts in the UK and identify those crafts most risk of disappearing.  Brick making, Flint Knapping and Tile making (floor and wall) all featured as endangered crafts.   We are delighted to announce three students have been awarded bursaries in courses including conservation and repair of brick and flint masonry and practical flint walling.

Full or part time bursaries are offered to cover costs of building conservation courses.  Most recently students have been rewarded for courses at the Weald and Downland Living Museum and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.

A previous bursary recipient who attended a Oak Timber Framing course at Weald and Downland Living Museum, said: “The course gave me an insight to gain a deeper understanding about selecting each specific tool of the sequence it demands to achieve a highly crafted piece of work.  This has driven my desire to work in conservation.”

Simon Knight DL, Chairman of the Sussex Heritage Trust, said: “We are very grateful to The Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust and Historic Houses, South East for funding the bursary scheme, which has allowed us to continue to offer much needed support to endangered traditional heritage crafts.”

For further details of the Sussex Heritage Trust Bursary Scheme please check our website or contact the office on office@sussexheritagetrust.org.uk

Victorian hydrant restored in Eastbourne after being ‘put in a skip’

A Victorian cast-iron water hydrant installed in Eastbourne town centre during the horse-drawn transport era to fill water carts has been restored to its former glory – after being accidentally removed by workmen.

Historian Frank Woods discovered that one of the last remaining Victorian water-posts in Gildredge Road had been inadvertently ripped out by contractors working on the town centre improvement scheme. The full details of the story and further images can be found here.

2019 and older

Firle Place, Firle

TICKETS NOW SOLD OUT FOR SUSSEX HERITAGE TRUST BIENNIAL DINNER

Wednesday 16th October 2019 at Firle Place, Firle

Sponsored by Adams and Remers LLP

Lord and Lady Gage will welcome the Sussex Heritage Trust to their home, Firle Place for the 2019 Biennial Dinner.  Firle Place is an outstanding privately-owned country house in Sussex that dates form the time of Henry VIII.

The dinner will take place in the Great and Little Hall, with pre-dinner drinks kindly provided by Ridgeview and canapes in the Long Gallery.  Following the four-course dinner with wine provided by Harvey’s Brewery, the speaker will be Dr Anna Keay OBE, Director of The Landmark Trust.  The flowers have been sponsored by Jackson-Stops, Lindfield.

We look forward to welcoming our guests at what promises to be a wonderful evening.

ROLAND BRYCE: Carmina ex Ruinas – Sunday 29th September 2019, doors open at 6pm

Roland Bryce is a composer and a music technology tutor at the East Sussex Academy of Music.

His new work, Carmina ex Ruinas, (Songs from the ruins) is a set of songs, plus narration, inspired by the stones from the ruins of Priory of Saint Pancras in Lewes.

A musical drama traced around the 1538 destruction by Sappers and Sr. Portinari of the Lewes Priory, at the behest of Cromwell and the monarch. The musicians and actor portray the story of an itinerant Monk who witnesses the events around the 20th to the 24th March 1538. The fiction is well keyed into historical accuracy and the poignancy of the story and the music combine to make a new and very ‘Lewes work’.

The songs feature transcribed phrases of Gregorian chant with a blend of functional harmony and modern textures including some synthesizer timbres that support the vocals.

Venue: St Mary’s Church, Church Hill, Ringmer, Lewes BN8 5JX

Entry: £10 at the door (portion of proceeds to Prostate Cancer UK)

Simon Knight DL FRICS

New Chairman of Sussex Heritage Trust
Dr John Godfrey retires as Chairman to become a Patron of the Trust

Simon Knight DL FRICS has been appointed the new Chairman of the Sussex Heritage Trust at the Annual General Meeting on 16th July held at Ardingly College. He replaces Dr John Godfrey DL MA FRGS FSA, who retired after serving eight years as a Trustee, seven of which were as Chairman. John has now been appointed a Patron of the Trust joining The Rt Hon. Lord Lloyd of Berwick PC Nigel H Clutton OBE, Christopher Gebbie DL OBE, Violet Hancock, Alastair Johns, The Lady Renton of Mount Harry and John C Small.

Previously Vice-Chairman of the Sussex Heritage Trust and Chairman of the Awards, Simon Knight, is a chartered surveyor, a Director of Savills, Vice-Chairman of the Weald and Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Trustee of Chawton House and Library, Jane Austen’s Family Home and Impact Initiatives, Brighton. He was previously Chairman of St Mary’s School, Calne, for eleven years until retiring in 2018.

A new Chairman of the Awards scheme and Vice-Chairman was announced as David Cowan BSc BARch RIBA FRSA. David recently returned as a Trustee and is an Architect and Expert Witness at Cowan Architects, which he founded in 1983.

Chris Stebbing, a chartered accountant, remains as Company Secretary and Treasurer.

Mr Knight said: “I am looking forward to building on the success of the Sussex Heritage Trust work so brilliantly led by John Godfrey over the last seven years and I am grateful to my fellow Trustees for the confidence they have shown in me.”

Dr John Godfrey, retiring Chairman, said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to serve as Chairman of the Sussex Heritage Trust. During that time, the Trust has made considerable progress, as demonstrated by the increasing popularity of the Awards scheme. My thanks go to all colleagues for their support over the years. I would also like to thank all the Trust’s sponsors, Friends and supporters. Special thanks to Gatwick Airport Limited, our Platinum sponsor and JPIMedia Ltd (Sussex Newspapers), our media partners.”

Sussex: West (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England)

Chairman, Dr John Godfrey attended the launch of the new Sussex: West volume in Pevsner’s Buildings of England series on 11th June at Arundel Castle.  The original edition was published in the 1960s and was quite a slim volume, covering both East and West Sussex. The new, revised Sussex: East volume came out in 2013 and the companion Sussex: West has just been published.

One of the authors Elizabeth Williamson launched the new volume and a copy of her speech can be found here Launch Speech.

A copy of the book can be purchased at www.yalebooks.co.uk

Dr John Godfrey DL MA FRGS FSA

Weald & Downland Museum – Annual Building Conservation Conference

Building Conservation conference: Stone

Tuesday 24 September 2019

2019 building conservation conference will focus on Stone in historic buildings: conservation, materiality and skills.

There will be plenty of time for discussion, a chance to view various materials at the Museum during the break or after the end of the formal presentations, as well as networking opportunities.

Speakers include: David Odgers (Conservation Consultant), Chris Wood (Historic England), Martin Higgins (Historic Buildings Officer, Surrey CC), Adam Stone (Director of Chichester Stoneworks; Training role at the Worshipful Company of Masons), Matthias Garn (Master Mason), Ross Lovett (Head Mason, Winchester Cathedral), Andrew Ziminski (Mason Conservator, Director of Minerva Stone). Day Chair: Dr Gill Chitty, University of York.

For full programme and to book online:
https://www.wealddown.co.uk/courses/building-conservation-conference-stone/