Gildredge House in Eastbourne, has received a Heritage Lottery Fund 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.
The 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 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.”