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Gildredge House awarded £10,000 from Heritage Lottery Fund to build a Bronze Age Roundhouse: Project Now Underway!

Monday 26 June 2017

Gildredge House has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant for £10,000. This exciting project, focused on the recreation of a Bronze Age Roundhouse in the school's Outdoor Learning Environment, will be led by a team of experts from Sussex Past: The Sussex Archaeological Society, who have many years’ experience building ancient dwellings.

Our students and the wider community will have the opportunity to discover ancient building techniques, the skills and crafts that our ancestors needed to survive everyday life and the rich archaeology that was unearthed on our school site in the 1960s. The roundhouse will be used as a space for learning outside the classroom for many years to come.

This project will provide a great resource for hands-on learning and research right across the school and will be accessible to the wider community for special events and Heritage Open Days. Many local groups and organisations have worked with the school in the Outdoor Learning Environment to create exciting learning opportunities outside the classroom. We are very lucky to be working with the team from Sussex Past on this project, headed by Tristan Bareham.

Mr Stuart Reeves, Head Teacher at Gildredge House, said:

"We are delighted to be involved in this project and for our students to be working with Sussex Past. To be able to practise ancient building techniques and gain an outdoor classroom at the same time is a real privilege. I would like to thank Claire Shoosmith for her hard work and dedication in providing this fantastic opportunity for our community to learn more about our past."

Stuart McLeod, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South East England, said:

“Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that Gildredge House can embark on a real journey of discovery. Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”

We would like to invite you to Gildredge House and see the building project and craft activities in progress on Thursday 6th July at 11.00am, when you will be able to talk to Sussex Past, our students and teachers.

We will be inviting our MP, the Mayor of Eastbourne and other local organisations to the project exhibition and open day on Wednesday 19th July at 11.00am which will be an ideal opportunity to see the completed project.


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