Heritage experts to visit Hastings

Workmen working on Hastings Pier
Workmen working on Hastings Pier

Heritage experts from The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT) are bringing their regeneration roadshow to Hastings.

The charity will be hosting its 13th BRICK workshop at the White Rock Theatre on Wednesday (July 15) from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

The three-year BRICK roadshow provides expert advice and support to community groups and not-for-profit organisations involved in heritage-led regeneration projects.

The aim is to equip such groups with the necessary skills and expertise to save and reuse cherished local buildings as well as to build a better future for their communities.

The Hastings workshop will focus on legal issues and funding options for heritage regeneration projects and, more generally, on ensuring a sustainable future for local historic buildings and sites.

There are 556 listed buildings or designated historic sites that are derelict, neglected and in a state of disrepair in the south east, according to the latest figures from English Heritage. Of these, 38 are in East Sussex, with five in Hastings alone, and 49 in West Sussex.

The buildings at risk in and around Hastings include the statue of Queen Anne in Baldslow, Pelham Arcade, the United Reformed Church, Manor House in Ore, and the Church of St Mary Magdalen in St Leonards.

Hastings Pier Charity is co-hosting the event with PRT at the White Rock Theatre.

Ros Kerslake, chief executive of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, said: “We are thrilled to be holding our 13th BRICK workshop in Hastings.

“Sussex has a remarkable collection of buildings, rich in history and atmosphere but far too many of these buildings are in danger of being lost forever through neglect.

“Community groups can play a vital role in taking on the revival of these important local assets, but they need to be equipped with the skills to do so.

“I would urge any community groups interested in a heritage regeneration project to attend. This is a great opportunity to learn from experts, network with other similar organisations and be inspired to move your vision forward.”

Simon Opie, chief executive of Hastings Pier Charity, said: “We are really pleased The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is running its BRICK workshop in Hastings.

“In the current economic climate communities need the expertise and tools to take responsibility for heritage assets under stress, and this workshop is a great way for people to learn how to acquire the relevant skills and then apply that knowledge to the benefit of their local environment.”

The workshop features presentations by experts, interactive sessions and networking opportunities.

To book a place call 020 3262 0560, or go to: http://brick-work.org/events/heritage-regeneration-workshop-hastings.

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