Hastings council to work with university for lottery bid

Hastings Castle
Hastings Castle

The University of Brighton is working with Hastings Borough Council to develop a major bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

At the centre will be improvements to the interpretation of Hastings Castle, but the bid will be for much more than that, the council said.

Council leader Peter Chowney said: “We have a wealth of heritage here in Hastings, and are looking for help to give it the national and international recognition it deserves.

“With next year being the 950th anniversary of the battle which made us famous around the world, there has never been a better time to celebrate this heritage.

“So we have commissioned the University of Brighton to help us develop a new approach to the history and legacy of 1066, and how it relates to our town. And we also want to tell the bigger story that explains our rich heritage, and traces its impact through to the present day.

“This will help us develop a new bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the resources to tell our story, including the development of Hastings Castle as a modern visitor attraction.

“The ROOT 1066 contemporary arts programme we are developing for next year gives us a fantastic opportunity to bring new perspectives to our heritage story too. We want to ensure that Hastings becomes a real cultural centre, combining the best of contemporary art with its rich heritage.”

Dr Deborah Madden, of the University of Brighton in Hastings, said: “This is an important and exciting project for us. The University of Brighton has been in Hastings for more than 10 years now, and during that time we have developed very productive partnerships with local history groups and the heritage sector. There is great potential for the town’s heritage to help Hastings thrive as a centre of cultural excellence, and this project will play a key part in that process.”

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