HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND SUPPORTS BURSLEDON BRICKWORKS!
One of Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust’s sites, Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum site of the last steam driven brickworks in the UK, has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The award, which is a “first round pass” * (see note below) providing a development grant of up to £61,300, will enable the project to make substantial progress in preparing a business plan, to provide better museum interpretation, to work towards improved disabled access and take forward plans for essential repairs.
HBPT's Chairman, Bill Fergie, welcomed news of the Award :
"This is really good news. Unlike the situation which existed when the Trust acquired and restored Whitchurch Silk Mill and Bursledon Windmill, now professional and financial help are no longer available from the Hampshire County Council. Without a huge commitment from our many volunteers the restoration of Bursledon Brickworks would have stalled and the future of the site could well have been in jeopardy. It is perhaps invidious to select names from among the many, but special mention must be made of Dr Carolyne Haynes (who co-ordinated the preparation of the bid), Terry White (who put the finances of the site in order) and Barry Fairweather, also of the Management Team. In their different ways they have made, and continue to make, contributions without which this award would not have been given."
Volunteer input is the key to the site’s success, with the volunteer Management Team overseeing the activity. They too are delighted to have taken this exciting step. Carolyne Haynes commented:
"Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum was thrilled to hear the news that the Heritage Lottery Fund have agreed to support our application. The museum is run by volunteers and it is due to their dedicated hard work that the place survives. The award is for the first round of our project costs and will cover employing consultants to help us develop a business plan for the museum, improve the interpretation, assess the essential repairs and design a small amount of new work including a proper first floor access. It is going to be a hard year with the extra work it involves, but we are all very excited and looking forward to getting started."
And Stuart McLeod, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South East England, observed:
"We look forward to receiving in due course the detailed plans for preserving this unique industrial site whose products built many of the red-brick buildings in Portsmouth, Southampton and parts of London that we see today."
The project will now begin preparation of a bid for the next stage of HLF Grant Aid, an even greater challenge, but one which the volunteers of the Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum will surely relish. In the meantime, the site will continue to open regularly on Thursdays throughout the summer, and with major themed Open Days on a monthly basis. Details are available at www.bursledonbrickworks.org.uk.
Pam Moore, Secretary HBPT
*A 'first-round pass' means the project meets the Heritage Lottery Fund’s criteria for funding and HLF believes it has potential to deliver high-quality benefits and value for Lottery money. A first-round pass is an endorsement of outline proposals. Having been awarded, the project now has up to two years to submit fully developed proposals to compete for a firm award.