The Redoubt Fortress has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the ‘Redoubt – Unlocking the Story of Eastbourne’ project.
The project aims to restore the 200 year old Fortress, improve access to the building and create an engaging new interpretive journey through the history of Eastbourne, and forming what will become, a heritage hub for the town.
Development funding of £64000 has been awarded to help Eastbourne Borough Council’s Heritage Service progress their plans to apply for a full grant in October for a further £1.2 million towards the delivery phase of the project.
To progress the project the Heritage Service will appoint a team of experts including an architect, business developer, historic and archaeological consultants and a Collections Assistant to work with existing staff. If successful, the bid will see works begin at the fortress a year later, at the season end in November 2016.
Creating a new entrance, lift access and opening up all of the remaining casemates for museum visitors, the works will also improve environmental conditions at the fortress for the preservation of exhibits and for the comfort of visitors.
Some of the 19th Century Casemates will be restored to their original form and visitors will be able to to interact with new exhibits showing what life was like for the soldiers over 100 years ago.
The Redoubt’s nationally important collections will form a catalyst for transporting the visitor on a journey through time telling the stories of Eastbourne from evidence of prehistoric Elephants to the present day and beyond.
Better storage facilities and access will enable more research and study opportunities for everyone and help to enhance the educational and outreach services offered by the Heritage Service team.