Bridge Cottage - an opening date has been fixed.

Bridge Cottage opening date revealed

The official opening of Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre in Uckfield is expected to take place on Saturday, April 23.

The date is included in a newsletter compiled by the Uckfield Preservation Society which has overseen restoration of the historic building.

The newsletter article by Andrew Ledward says: “Launching the building now is perhaps not ideal with the roadworks in the High Street, but we can play our part in encouraging people into the town. We will be looking to work in partnership with local traders wherever we can.”

Wattle and daub meets wifi

Renovation of the 15th century building has involved blending history with modern services – wattle and daub meeting wifi – so that it can become a vibrant part of the community, securing its future for many years to come, says Mr Ledward.

He adds: “The Heritage Lottery Fund and Uckfield Town Council grants have funded the building work but these grants also extend for two further years to support heritage activities.

“This funding will allow us to invest in building the use of the building to a level that generates enough income to sustain the building in the future.

“This investment will include the equipment we need to bring the building to life for visitors, including local school groups.”

Heritage education

Two heritage education officers have been appointed. They are Nicola Stewart and Maria Kirk.

Nicola has a background working in education primarily at Key Stages 1 and 2. Recently she was an historical research tutor for a charity engaging schoolchildren in local history through video and other media.

Some pupils at Manor Primary School, Uckfield, will know Nicola from a World War 1 project they undertook.

Maria’s experiences are also in education but at the other end of the spectrum, secondary and higher education.

Collections

Maria has just completed a PhD thesis based on a collection of 17th century plays held at Petworth.

Her experiences in working with and organising collections are described, in the newsletter, as invaluable as the preservation society’s own collection will be transferred from a warehouse store to the Heritage Hub at Bridge Cottage.

Preservation society members are being invited to a special ‘preview’ day at Bridge Cottage, on Saturday, April 9. This will give them the chance to see the building before the main opening and enable them to influence plans for the future.

Members and people interested in joining up on the night will be welcome at the preview.

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