Press Releases week beginning 31 December 2018
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery featured in new Arts Council England publication for best practice
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery (HMAG) is featured in a new Arts Council England publication. The booklet shows four ways for museums across the country to explore intangible cultural heritage with their own communities.
Intangible cultural heritage is recognised by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as being of worldwide importance. It's still a relatively new field for museums in the UK. It covers all sorts of activities like language and traditional crafts, rituals and performance, even superstitions like not walking under a ladder. This heritage is an untapped resource; it gives communities a sense of place and value, and provides whole new layers of stories and information.
Kim Forward, Hastings Borough Council's lead councillor for culture said,
"For a town like Hastings, so famous for its fishing fleet, its festivals and its creative communities, this approach has so much potential. As we are all affected by our intangible cultural heritage, there is a contribution we can make together to build a richer local community heritage."
This project was led by an adviser to UNESCO that works for the conservation, protection and promotion of cultural heritage places and intangible cultural heritage.
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery worked with members of the fishing fleet community who are keen to make their customs and traditions better known. The fleet has a fascinating history but it's also a modern industry. This project gave the opportunity to put these two sides together. The museum worked with the Hastings Fishermen's Protection Society and members of the fishing community.
Key to the approach was the involvement of an artist. The project was greatly enhanced by the imagination of local artist Mary Hooper and photographer John Cole.
It's a model that the museum intends to develop in future projects to bring a greater sense of community into the museum and its collections. The publication will soon be available on the Arts Council England website. The project will also be featured at a conference on intangible cultural heritage on 23 March 2019 in London.
Don't shilly chalet...
A limited number of beach huts have become available at West Marina, in Hastings.
Cllr Kim Forward, deputy leader of Hastings Borough Council, explained :- "Our beach huts are very popular, and at most sites we have waiting lists.
"However, we do now have limited space for the back row chalets at West Marina, and these cost £1189 per year. If you are interested in enjoying the beach for less than £25 a week, or for more details, please do contact email@example.com"
Family fun day at Summerfields for £1!
January can be a tough month. Christmas is a distant memory, the weather is cold and dark, money is tight and festive overindulgence has left you tired and sluggish. But you can beat the blues!
Take the family to Beat the Blues on 27 Jan 2019 from10am - 4pm at Summerfields leisure centre for all day family fun sports activities.
Play all day for £1 per person, and swim for an additional £1. Registration starts from 9.30 am.
Andy Batsford, Hastings Borough Council's lead councillor for leisure said,
"I love the buzz at Summerfield's on days like these; the place is full of kids and families having fun and getting fit without even knowing it!! This is perfect for the end of January blues- there is so much to choose from- ballet fit, soft play, open gym, salsa, open swim, arts and crafts, junior netball, toddler fitness Pilates, and multi sports football. A great family day out, and at £1 per person, it's affordable too!"
Active Hastings is a partnership project between Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council Public Health. For more information, call 01424 451051, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit facebook.com/activehastings.