Maritime heritage project is ended

Posted: 12/22/2011 in all marine news

Hastings Observer –

A project designed to promote Hastings’ maritime heritage has wound down after three years.

The Stade Education Project, run by Hastings Borough Council, was celebrated at the town hall last Tuesday (December 6) when the council chamber was transformed into a giant tea party.

Speakers included project manager Bea Rapley and council leader Jeremy Birch, who thanked volunteers, particularly those that lead guided walks of The Stade and staff at the Fishermen’s Museum, Shipwreck Museum and Fishermen’s Protection Society, for all their support and hard work since 2008.

The Stade Education Project was set up with the aim of encouraging more people to enjoy learning about the maritime heritage of the fishing area in Hastings Old Town called The Stade.

More than 5,000 people were directly involved with the project through walks, talks, workshops, competitions, exhibitions and events. Alastair Fairley, representing the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) South East England Committee, praised the project’s high level of community engagement.

He said: “Increased funding from lottery ticket sales means that HLF’s own commitment to heritage is able to increase significantly in 2012.

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