One of my BHT colleagues, Sara Peskett, has been nominated for a prestigious Sussex Heritage Trust Award.
Sara is the Heritage Officer for the First Base Heritage and History Project, and 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.
The project’s 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.
Sara said: “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.”
I think Sara is being too modest in saying that it is the project that has been nominated. It is a personal nomination for her, but says a great deal about her that she always puts participants, clients and the project first. I hope she will be successful in the award because the work she has done has been extraordinary.
The award ceremony will take place on 7th July at Pangdean Old Barn.