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Funding boost for Building Conservation Bursaries

By June 9, 2021No Comments

The Sussex Heritage Trust has received significant funding for young people and those looking to retrain in building conservation. The Ian M Foulerton Charitable Trust, The Hans and Märit Rausing Charitable Trust and Seaward Homes have all provided funding towards full or part time bursaries to cover the costs of historic building conservation courses.

West Dean College and the Weald and Downland Living Museum have recently been able to open their doors again to adult learners, offering courses from Oak Timber Framing to Structural Repair of Historic Buildings to Conservation of Historic Concrete in their unique learning environments.

The Trust aims to support young people from 18-25 and those looking to retrain in traditional building skills. The bursary covers the full cost of any course and contributes to travel and accommodation cost.

Bursary recipient Claire Clifton who recently attended a Plasters and Renders course at West Dean College said: “Bursary schemes like this one are a lifeline to help develop and extend our craft, and in turn help to preserve intangible heritage.”

Simon Knight, Chairman of Sussex Heritage Trust said: “Without the support of our sponsors and grants providers, many of these vital traditional building skills would be lost. We are therefore very grateful to The Ian Foulerton Charitable Trust, The Hans and Marit Rausing Charitable Trust and Seaward Homes for preserving and protecting our future heritage. “

For further details on how to apply for a Sussex Heritage Trust Bursary please go to or contact the office on

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