A Pevensey history group has scooped a Lottery grant of more than £7,000 to create a modern version of the Bayeux Tapestry which tells the history of the village.
The Pevensey Timeline Association, founded 18 months ago, aims to create a web-based 2,000-year timeline that tells the story of the village.
The group now has £7,367 to develop the project which should be online by the end of April 2015.
The Pevensey Timeline will tell the story of the locality in 2,000 time sequenced entries over 2,000 years. It will begin with the story of the Saxons in 238AD and end with the arrival of the Olympic torch in the village in 2012.
As well as being considered by historians as the place that the Norman Conquest began, the village appears on the famous Bayeux Tapestry.
Pevensey Timeline Association chair Dianne Dear said, “This is a real achievement for the whole community, it will put Pevensey back on the history trail.”
Marketing co-ordinator for the project Joy Roscoe added, “We are very excited indeed about the potential for this project, we can be creative and can offer a number of students some real learning opportunities, as well as working to raise the profile of the area.”
Amongst plans for the project is the development of contact with schools across the country to promote the value of the timeline in the study of key dates on the National Curriculum ‘history timeline’ with well sourced accessible materials.
Further plans involve promoting the timeline to history buffs, researchers and genealogists who want to study a strand of local history across 2,000 years in an interesting and visually engaging way.
The historian Michael Wood, came to the locality to begin filming his landmark BBC2 series ‘The Great British Story- A People’s History’. He started the series here in Pevensey with the words ‘this is where it all began’.
The inspiration for the original project came from his words and the notion that by learning how to ‘weave some code’, like the Bayeux Tapestry, the villagers, working together, could create something iconic for the modern age that would leave a lasting legacy in the locality and become a key profiling tool for the visitor economy.
The grant for the Big Lottery fund will go towards expenses to pay for two technical staff and three tutors to support the work of up to 20 villagers, all learning how to research, edit and code the timeline for a public audience.