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May 2017


THIS MONTH : LATEST DATELINE STORYBOARD: Beachlands


LATEST ON THE TIMELINE : From Bridge Farm to Westham, the untold story of Pevensey School

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Developments are underway to support the Pevensey Timeline as a sustainable project for 2015

oral history element
resource box
appointments
people engaged with project
third gateway talk
donations

oral history element to timeline
At the end of this month we will hear if the first of our four grant applications has been successful. Each of the applications is project based, the first is to develop an oral history element to the timeline that will see local memories harvested and given their own strand on the 2,000 year timeline that tells the story of Pevensey and its rich history. The work will involve something like 200 hours of recordings, editing and research, with the goal being that material will be available in both browseable form on the timeline and as a listening project.

Association member, Frances Brown commented “I would be really interested in being involved in this part of the project’.

resource box
A resource box to support the work of students is now live at the beta stage, with channels dedicated to each of the members and their ambition to share material as an aid to the development of entries on the timeline.

The new forum is already active and can be tested here. In January 2015 the forum will go fully live as a tool to view ‘work in progress’ by students that have undertaken studies to support the timeline. It is intended to be an access point for archive material from photographs to parish records that can be shared. The idea behind the resource box has emerged from seminars conducted by narratives tutor to the project, Kevin Gordon.

Association member Patricia Roud commented ‘Kevin suggested having a resource box in the student area, where we could keep extra info we have accumulated, ready for another article.

‘I have taken photos of all the shops In Pevensey Bay, and a record of all the chairmen of the Parish council, and presidents of the WI. If they were kept in a place avaIlable to us all to access, that would be great’.

First channels established in the resource box can be topic labelled and there is an opportunity for members to comment, reply and share what they see.

appointments
We are delighted to be able to tell members that two new appointments have been made to the project. Peter Roper, who is responsible for the ‘as it happened’ strand on the timeline is to take up a six month appointment as technical web administrator on the project, with responsibility for a new element that will see ’100 Key Dates in the Pevensey Story: Life on the Line’ added as a strand to the project. The new entries will be personally researched single source paragraphs.

Key dates over the last 2,000 years will be pegged into a new area of the platform which will give students the opportunity to do their own research into topics of interest so that entries and stories can be drawn down from his background research, developed, and added to the timeline.

Peter told the association ‘I’d be honoured to take on a more hands-on role, thank you for the offer and thank you for investing in me’.

In a second appointment. Kevin Gordon, our narratives tutor is to take up an appointment as the official Pevensey Timeline Guide, with tours along the High Street in Pevensey billed to start in the second week of March 2015. He told us he ‘was delighted to be considered for the role’.

Kevin, as some of our members will know, is an authorised guide to the Houses of Parliament and the author of four local history books.The guided tours will aim to set the gold standard for Pevensey and a goal is to see elements of the work featured on the timeline in the form of audio talks..

people engaged with project
A total of 83 people have attended the first two gateway talks by lead tutor on the project, Dr. Geoffrey Mead, of the University of Sussex, 9 students have become timetable graduates through the introductory tutorials in research and editing and 6 students have gone on to the narratives seminar element of the teaching with tutor, Kevin Gordon. 28 people now subscribe to the weekly newsletter about the work of the project and this month we welcome new ‘associate members’, Ken Lampey, Mary Farnaroff and Jayne Marter to the work of the association. There is now a total of 112 entries and stories on the timeline.

third gateway talk
The third gateway timeline talk by Dr. Geoffrey Mead is to take place at St. Nicolas Church, at 3:00pm on Wednesday 12 November 2014. Muck and Money, Sussex Agricultural Landscapes, will explore the agricultural heritage of Pevensey and looks likely to become the most popular talk in the series so far. It is open, free of charge, to all association members, their friends and family, local residents, and parishioners.

donations
Donations to the project stand at £152.00 from three individual sources.
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Talking about the work of the project, Chair of Pevensey Timeline Association, Dianne Dear, commented; ‘I don’t think that anyone when we started would have envisaged the kind of progress that we have made along the timeline.

‘The two key features of sustainability and employment prospects for the community that we set with the National Lottery funders are being met, but I don’t think anyone envisaged that along the way we would be seeing university led tuition and the emergence of a small extra mural history unit, with the kind of quality tuition being delivered.

‘It is still at an early stage, but it is an extraordinary project with an extraordinary possible set of outcomes, and I think it is already clear that we are looking at a project that will become sustainable within the community, and acknowledged both locally and possibly in a small way nationally, as something that has social and economic value well beyond its initial remit’.
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With thanks for your continued interest in the timeline that tells the 2,000 year story of Pevensey and its rich history.