The Heritage Group of the Museum was established in 2010 following public concern about the loss of, or threat to a number of Seaford’s characteristic buildings. Whilst it was acknowledged that the town’s 65 or so “listed” buildings were safe, others without official protection had been slowly disappearing, largely due to piecemeal redevelopment over the years.
Following an exploration of the way in which other towns dealt with the problem, it was decided to set up the Seaford Register of buildings of local historical, architectural or social interest, to be maintained by the Heritage Group of the Museum. That initiative was recognised by the Planning Department of Lewes District Council who agreed to accept nominations from the Museum to be part of a recommended “Local List” for Seaford.
The Heritage Group adopted the “SEAFORD rediscovered” theme, and in 2011 used it to co-ordinate a number of activities, including the Museum’s 2011 temporary exhibition of historic photographs; the display of archive photographs in the front windows of many town centre shops over National Heritage Week in September and the organisation of a six session local history course held in the autumn at the Museum.
All of these 2011 initiatives were well received, and the Heritage Group plans to repeat the local history courses each year and to extend the shop window archive photo displays in National Heritage Week as well as other activities to be announced.
Further information about the Heritage Group can be obtained from David Swaysland, the group convenor, through the Museum.