A MASSIVE £48,000 grant has given the historic Redoubt Fortress a much-needed boost.
Councillors Neil Stanley and Steve Wallis, museum curator Fran Stovold and exhibitions curator Karen Taylor gathered at the Napoleonic fort to celebrate the cash injection, from the Hidden Histories stream of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
A bid was put forward to create a community project alongside this year’s Stitch for Victory exhibition.
The grant will be used to appoint a project co-ordinator who will oversee the training of around 20 volunteers to assist with devising and delivering educational sessions to local primary and secondary schools, as well as running hands-on activities at the museums for families and the wider community.
Volunteers are invited to come forward and they will be trained in oral history interviewing so they can assist in preserving people’s memories about stitching during the Second World War.
All of the information and material collected will be presented in a touring exhibition, which will visit community venues in and around Eastbourne to complement the main Stitch for Victory display.
The Redoubt will be able to recruit at least 12 volunteers, including six youth volunteers who will go on to be advocates for the Stitch for Victory project and exhibition.
For more information go to www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk or call 410300.