A web project, which will tell the history of Pevensey and surrounding areas over the past 2,000 years, has been awarded a lottery grant.
The Pevensey Timeline Association was awarded £7,367 from the Big Lottery Fund to develop the project after the association, founded 18 months ago, used a feasibility study to see if people would like to get involved.
A total of 22 villagers from the area expressed interest in the project.
The Pevensey Timeline will tell the story of the area in 2,000 time sequenced entries over 2,000 years. It will begin with the story of the Saxons in 238AD and end with the arrival of the Olympic torch in the village in 2012.
Dianne Dear, Pevensey Timeline Association chair, said: “This is a real achievement for the whole community, it will put Pevensey back on the history trail.”
Marketing co-ordinator for the project, Joy Roscoe added: “We are very excited indeed about the potential for this project, we can be creative and can offer a number of students some real learning opportunities, as well as working to raise the profile of the area. We feel sure that other potential sponsors will be interested to see what we are doing.”
As well as being considered by historians as the place that the Norman Conquest began, the village appears on the famous Bayeux Tapestry. And along with Pevensey Castle, the area is steeped in history, legend, myth and magic.
Organisers said the online project will involve the whole village with villagers given the opportunity to learn a bit of coding to work with a production level platform that will tell the story of the area.The project will take a year to complete and begin to go up online at the end of April 2014.
The project also aims to make contact with schools across the country to promote the value of the timeline in the study of key dates on the National Curriculum. Further plans involve promoting the timeline to historians, researchers and genealogists who want to study a strand of local history across 2,000 years in an interesting and visually engaging way.
The historian Michael Wood came to the area to film his BBC2 series, The Great British Story- A People’s History. He started the series in Pevensey with the words ‘this is where it all began.’ Organisers said the inspiration for the project came from his words and the notion that by learning how to ‘weave some code’, like the Bayeux Tapestry, the villagers, working together, could create something iconic for the modern age and leave a lasting legacy.
The grant from the Big Lottery fund will help pay for two technical staff and three tutors to support the work of around 20 villagers.