Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress receives £48,000 grant

Gun platform at the Redoubt
Gun platform at the Redoubt

THE HISTORIC Redoubt Fortress has just received a £48,000 grant from the Hidden Histories stream of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

After putting forward a bid to create a community project alongside this year’s Stitch for Victory exhibition, the Napoleonic fort has been successful in securing the funding.

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. This Saturday (June 4) the Redoubt Fortress is inviting visitors to experience 1940s wartime spirit and to witness how the people of Britain stitched their way to victory in free living history event A Stitch in Time Saves Lives.

On the day, visitors inspired by the way prisoners of war documented their experiences with secret needles and thread or how stitching was used to steady nerves in the air raid shelters, will be able to find out about becoming a volunteer for the heritage project.

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 01323 410300.