Museum director wins Sussex heritage award

INSPIRATIONAL museum boss Richard Pailthorpe has been named Sussex Heritage Person of the Year.

Thursday, 16th July 2015, 3:29 pm
Weald and Downland Open Air Museum director Richard Pailthorpe

The award, honouring the director of the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton, was made by the Sussex Heritage Trust.

Dr John Godfrey, chairman, who announced the award, said: “Richard has spent his entire life working in the rural, heritage and museum world and has devoted much of his own time to inspire and enthuse others to learn more about their local history and heritage.

“The museum which he leads is an exemplar in its field and a major visitor attraction in Sussex.”

Mr Pailthorpe has been working to bring the museum up to date and develop it as a modern heritage attraction.

Permission for a £5m ‘gateway’, which he described as the most important development for the museum’s viability and sustainability since its foundation, was recently unanimously approved by the South Downs National Park Authority.

Two clusters of buildings around an entry courtyard will be used to connect the story of rural living over the past 700 years with the 21st century.

Mr Pailthorpe said: “We now look forward to these plans becoming a reality and creating a better museum for everyone.”

The 40-acre museum site features traditional buildings in a rural landscape that tell the stories of the men, women and children who lived and worked in them over a 600-year period. There is a regular programme of domestic and craft demonstrations, including cooking, milling and blacksmithing.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1 – Make our website your homepage

2 – Like our Facebook pages

3 – Follow us on Twitter

4 – Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!

Sussex Newspapers – always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.