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Ditchling Museum, winner of Sussex Heritage award SUS-150227-145131001

Ditchling Museum, winner of Sussex Heritage award SUS-150227-145131001

  • Sussex Heritage Trust Awards organisers looking for entries
  • Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft won an award year
  • Entries must be submitted by April 10
  • Winners announced on July 9 in Pyecombe
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Hidden achievers in outstanding building, conservation and restoration work are encouraged to enter awards which celebrate their projects.

The Sussex Heritage Trust Awards recognise and reward designs which are ‘for the future and respect the past’.

I want to encourage as many entries as possible, they could be building owners, architects or crafts people.

Dr John Godfrey

On February 24 chairman Dr John Godfrey launched the 17th annual awards at one of last year’s winners, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft.

“We are looking for both new buildings and conventional buildings, refurbishments of old buildings, places that are innovative but in keeping with the area and look natural,” he said.

“I want to encourage as many entries as possible, they could be building owners, architects or crafts people.”

The awards recognise use of traditional skills and craft as well as newly built projects.

Dr Godfrey added the awards are seeking commercial, public and community buildings which make ‘a real contribution to the landscape’.

“It has never been more relevant in 2015 to ‘design for the future and respect the past’,” he said.

“It’s a real range. We also look at schemes recycling water, and those sorts of issues.”

Entries must be submitted by April 10, with winners announced at Pangdean Old Barn, London Road, Pyecombe at 12.30pm on July 9.

Chairman of the Awards Committee Violet Hancock said: “There are so many vibrant things in Sussex and this celebrates that.

“Past winners have been residential, large schools, churches, renovations, public and community buildings. We’ve had windmills, water features, factories, anything!”

Dr Godfrey thanked judges, trustees and sponsors for their support at the launch.

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft on Lodge Hill Lane hosted the event after winning the Public and Community category in 2014.

The judges described the museum as: “Clearly a fantastically considered project, which was realised through the hard work and determination of the museum’s staff and all the members of the project team.

“The museum collection is perfectly mirrored by the architect’s scheme.”

The project included the refurbishment of the existing museum, the restoration of a derelict listed barn as the new entrance and the construction of two new buildings.

Director of the museum Nathaniel Hepburn said it was a ‘pleasure’ to host the event.

The restoration of Westwood Lake at Wakehurst Place, Kew’s country garden in Ardingly, won the Landscape and Gardens category last year.

For more information and an application form, visit: www.sussexheritagetrust.com, or email info@sussexheritagetrust.com or phone 01243 576524.