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BHT Nominated for Sussex Heritage Award

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sussex-bht-heritage-logos-W300A BHT staff member has been nominated for the prestigious Sussex Heritage Trust Person of the Year Award.

Sara Peskett, Heritage Officer for BHT Heritage, has been nominated for the award. The award is made in recognition of her outstanding commitment to the heritage of Sussex.

In 2010 BHT’s First Base Day Centre, which provides services to people who are homeless or rough sleeping in the City, received a Heritage Lottery grant for a five year learning and participation project.

sussex-heritage-awards-W220The projects main focus was to research the history of First Base, a grade two listed building built in 1766, and to explore the history of homelessness in Brighton and Hove from 1766 to the present day.

The project involves BHT clients in a range of heritage activities which enables them to learn new skills and explore a range of heritage experiences. The project shares its findings with local schools, colleges and community groups, and the wider public through a range of online resources, talks, tours and events.

The award ceremony will take place on Thursday 7 July at Pangdean Old Barn.

It’s fantastic that the BHT Heritage project has been nominated for The Sussex Heritage Trust Awards 2016; it recognises the true value of breaking down educational, financial and attitudinal barriers to enable and enthuse people who face marginalisation to engage with heritage.

Through this project 244 people who have experienced homelessness have been empowered to access, appreciate and participate in research, analysis and conservation skills development.”

Sara Peskett, BHT Heritage Officer

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