NEW Sporting Heritage Toolkit

NEW Sporting Heritage Toolkit

Sporting Heritage has recently launched a comprehensive toolkit providing wide ranging guidance and support for anyone working with heritage collections.

The Toolkit is aimed at anyone with a heritage collection not just those with items, artefacts and material relating to sport. It is full of tips and advice drawn from across the heritage, volunteer, charity and business sectors and beyond to bring you best practice examples to support organisations in the care and management of their collections.

Topics currently cover:

  1. Governance
  2. Income generation
  3. Fundraising
  4. Financial planning
  5. Access
  6. Evaluation
  7. Learning
  8. Audiences
  9. Collections management and care

More topics are coming in the new year – including marketing, community engagement, staff and volunteers and digital.

The Toolkit is structured around three levels of activity, broadly based on knowledge and experience of the topic.

Introduction to Sporting Heritage Toolkit
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Rustington Museum reopens on the 1st November 2019 at its new location

Rustington Museum reopens on the 1st November 2019 at its new location

Rustington Museum is now open at its new home in the Samuel Wickens Centre, Broadmark Lane, Rustington. Locating the Museum in the heart of the village.

The new space provides the Museum with a dedicated permanent exhibition gallery, showcasing the history of Rustington from prehistory to the present day. Giving visitors the opportunity to engage with Rustington’s past through the displays, a family trail, three hands on discovery stations and an interactive to explore in-depth more about the people and buildings of the village as well as an oral history hub to listen to memories of local people.

A temporary exhibition has also been created and is currently displaying an exhibition exploring the life and times of Mary and Beverley Taylor. Offering a glimpse into the fascinating story of the Taylors, a local family who have been integral to the uncovering of the history of Rustington. From finding evidence of prehistoric settlement in the area to rediscovering a forgotten First World War American aerodrome.

Image credit: James Pike

Heritage at the Heart of Graylingwell: £1.3m awarded

Heritage at the Heart of Graylingwell: £1.3m awarded

Chichester Community Development Trust (CCDT) awarded by National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) £1.3m for the restoration and redevelopment of Graylingwell Chapel.

The Heritage at the Heart of Graylingwell project is a partnership project with local heritage organisations,  West Sussex Record Office and The Novium. Bringing together for the first time archival documents, hospital records, photographs and oral testimony to tell the stories of the patients, staff, and the wider Graylingwell community. A unique opportunity for the story of Graylingwell Hospital to be told in a building closely linked to the care of patients. The histories of asylums and the stories of the people connected to them remain largely untold at the original sites, with most converted to housing with little reference to their former use. 

The funding will also deliver a multi-faceted activity programme for the growing population of the area. Designed to complement the exhibitions and displays in the Chapel and make the important link between the sites’s past and the current day focus on health and wellbeing.

Sonia Rasbery +Co provided extensive heritage expertise at all stages of the project’s development. Our case studies detail the extent and range of the professional services we supplied.

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A new home for Rustington Museum: HLF funding secured!

A new home for Rustington Museum: HLF funding secured!

Rustington Parish Council has received a National Lottery grant of £71,400 for an exciting heritage project, A new home for Rustington Museum. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on redisplaying Rustington Museum in the newly created exhibition gallery at the refurbished Samuel Wickens Centre.

Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the project will enable Rustington Museum to retell the story of the history of the Village. The project provides the Museum with the opportunity to renew, redisplay and reimagine the story of Rustington focusing on stories of local people, highlighting key buildings and places in the Village and placing the history of Rustington in the wider historical context. Our new displays will encourage opportunities for interaction and engagement by incorporating personal stories from local people, films showcasing local stories and low-tech inter-actives. Alongside the displays we will have a varied programme of community activities for everyone.

The importance of our material lies in the origins of the Rustington Heritage Association collection. A collection started by the passion of a local member of the community, Mary Taylor, to tell the story of Rustington resulting in a wealth of material with a personal connection. Mary is a lifelong resident, and has created with her husband Beverley Taylor, a unique record of the history of Rustington through words, images and objects.

Commenting on the award, (Carole Ward, Clerk of the Council) said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players to rehouse Rustington Museum in the centre of the Village retelling the fascinating history of Rustington.”


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“We have worked with Sonia for over 10 years and have delivered several externally-funded projects with her. She is supportive and really understands us as an organisation, helping us to achieve our goals. Her written reports are informed and, above all, practical. Sonia is a well-organised project manager with a wide knowledge of the sector, with whom it is a pleasure to work.”

Cathy Walling, Curator, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

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