The Sussex Heritage Trust is a registered charity established in 1977 to preserve, improve and encourage the appreciation of the architectural and natural landscape of Sussex.  This is achieved in a number of ways including recognising and celebrating high quality conservation, restoration and new build projects in Sussex and supporting traditional crafts and skills training for young people based in Sussex through the Sussex Heritage Trust Bursary Scheme.

Seaward was very proud when its Rosemary Lane development received a Sussex Heritage Award and, in 2021, we were delighted to support the Trust with funding towards its bursary scheme.

This funding went towards funding six students in building conservation skills through their attendance at courses at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and the Weald and Downland Living Museum.

The six students were :

  • Claire Clifton – Conservation/Repair of Plasters and Renders at West Dean
  • Callum Jackson – Conservation and Repair of Brick and Flint Masonry at West Dean
  • Luca Neiddu – Oak Timber Framing : Jowl Posts at Weald and Downland
  • William Cove – Conservation and Repair of Timber Course at West Dean
  • Max Swayne – Practical Flint Walling – Weald and Downland.  Max will also be undertaking a lime plastering course.
  • Jordan Robbins – Practical Flint Walling – Weald and Downland

Comments from the students include:

As a freelance conservator the course has helped me professionally by extending my skillset.  I now have a deeper and more nuanced understanding of working with certain materials, which will be highly transferrable to my current project

Claire Clifton

The course will help to progress my career in Timber Framing.  My confidence has increased with more knowledge and understanding.  The course blew all my expectations out of the water”

Luca Nieddu

The course helped me to understand how to set out archway and brickwork like rubbing bricks and cut bricks with a bow saw.  I learned how to do things the right way and notice problems when working.

Callum Jackson

Visit the website of the Sussex Heritage Trust for more information on how to support their important ongoing work.