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Get Into Heritage – a new HLF-funded programme from Arts Connect

23 October 2017

We are delighted to launch our Get into Heritage programme, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Get Into Heritage open doors to heritage sites for people with learning disabilities in Sussex, through building skills and confidence for participants, their carers and staff at heritage sites, with a view to developing sustainable relationships and ongoing activity.

We will be working with three heritage partner organisations: Wakehurst Place, National Trust, Birling Gap, and Weald and Downland Living Museum, offering a geographical spread across Sussex and a range of contrasting heritage experiences.

The project builds on Culture Shift’s relationship with learning disabled groups across Sussex and its Arts Connect programme which has opened doors to arts organisations through similar approaches. Adults with learning disabilities and their carers/support workers are rarely a target audience for heritage sites and learning programmes.  And yet, from experience we know that people enjoy connecting with history and landscape. Opportunities can be limited by a lack of knowledge and confidence on the part of both support workers and heritage sites.

Get Into Heritage consists of three 5 week courses for up to 15 people led by multi-disciplinary artist Anne Colvin, working in partnership with heritage experts at each site and supported by Culture Shift staff and volunteers.  The courses will be in November 2017 (Wakehurst Place), March 2018 (Birling Gap) and April 2018 (Weald and Downland Living Museum).

This project is funded by National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks also to Eastbourne Borough Council for supporting this project.