On Tuesday, February 11, the Sussex Heritage Trust called for new entries to its awards scheme. The much-loved and anticipated annual awards are the only Sussex-wide heritage awards supporting excellence in conservation, restoration and good design of newly built projects, whilst also encouraging the use of traditional skills and crafts.
The Charleston Trust’s barns and galleries won a Sussex Heritage Trust Award in the public and community category last year. Celebrated by the judging panel as “a stunning and beautiful restoration of Sussex barns juxtaposed with contemporary new gallery spaces”, the barns were the setting for the launch of the 2020 Awards.
Chairman Simon Knight DL welcomed guests including the High Sheriff of East Sussex, Violet Hancock and the High Sheriff of West Sussex, Davina Irwin-Clark. Friends and supporters of the awards also heard from Nathaniel Hepburn, director of Charleston and Jolyon Brewis, trustee of Charleston and partner at Grimshaw – which has seen his architectural portfolio include the Sussex Heritage Trust award winning building the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars headquarters at Goodwood, Chichester.
The Chairman of Sussex Heritage Trust, Simon Knight DL, said: “I was lucky enough to judge Charleston’s wonderful barns and galleries last year and cannot think of a more fitting venue in the iconic centre of the Bloomsbury Group to launch the prestigious Sussex Heritage Trust awards for 2020. The Sussex Heritage Trust thank headline sponsor Gatwick Airport Limited and launch sponsors Toovey’s Antique & Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers and all our other friends and sponsors of the awards”.
The director of Charleston, Nathaniel Hepburn, said: “Charleston was honoured to be the recipient of a Sussex Heritage Trust award in 2019 for our restored barns and new art galleries and we are delighted to be hosting the launch of the Sussex Heritage Trust’s 2020 awards at Charleston.”
The Sussex Heritage Trust awards will be taking entries across nine categories including the Sussex Heritage Trust person of the year until Friday, March 27 2020. Winners will receive a hand-crafted slate plaque presented by president of the Trust, Lord Egremont on Wednesday, July 8 2020 at Pangdean Old Barns, Pyecombe.
Image Credits: Richard Chivers , courtesy of Sussex Heritage Trust .