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Latest News from Ramsgate's Heritage Action Zone

The Ramsgate Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) programme is now fully underway following the appointment of Louisa Hrabowy as Programme Manager, a position which is being funded by Historic England.

The Heritage Action Zone in Ramsgate will look to achieve economic growth by using the historic environment as a catalyst and each month you can find the latest news from the HAZ and discover what's coming up next.

On this page you can find out:

October news from Ramsgate

It’s been a busy month for heritage sites in Ramsgate. 10 historic places across the town threw open their doors for the Heritage Open Days Weekend with sites as diverse as the Ramsgate Tunnels, the Italianate Glasshouse and the Steam Tug Cervia offering free visits and information.

The new Wetherspoons Pub is now open for business and customers are able to see the beautiful restoration of the Grade II listed Royal Victoria Pavilion. Meanwhile another open date for the public to see the amazing Rooswijk shipwreck artefacts, part of the on-going project between Historic England and the RCE (the cultural heritage agency in the Netherlands) was a fantastic success. Over 400 visitors from as far afield as Belgium explored the exciting finds and tried out the latest technology used to investigate the objects. You can keep up to date with the latest on this project on Twitter via #Rooswijk1740 .

September news from Ramsgate

With the Rooswijk project based in the Heritage Action Zone of Ramsgate, the local economy is already benefiting from the experts and visitors that come with such an international project. This includes 21 Scuba divers, 22 students, a Dutch ministerial visit, 17 divers and a boat crew.

As you can imagine this is hungry work and all those people have been dining out in Ramsgate, staying in local Ramsgate Hotels, buying bits and bobs they need from the local shops, filling up with fuel and paying the mooring and warehouse fees.

If the Rooswijk project has peaked your interest in visiting Ramsgate then check out this article on how to plan your perfect weekend

August news from Ramsgate

We are delighted to announce that Louisa Hrabowy has been appointed as Programme Manager for the Ramsgate Heritage Action Zone. The role will finalise the Delivery Plan, co-ordinate the 5-year programme, raise awareness of the role heritage plays in supporting regeneration and work across a wide range of stakeholders to deliver projects aimed at engaging the local community with Ramsgate’s rich heritage and maritime history.

Her remit also extends to partnership working with a wide range of stakeholders to deliver projects aimed at engaging the local community with Ramsgate’s rich heritage and maritime history.

Louisa will split her time working across both the Ramsgate Town Council and Thanet District Council offices, ensuring a collaborative approach remains at the HAZ project’s core.

Image of Ramsgate Harbour with boats
The historic harbour of Ramsgate © Historic England

Get involved

A huge thank you to the 300 plus people who completed the initial survey on Ramsgate. This is a fantastic response and really reflects the local passion for Ramsgate and a real willingness to get involved. Ramsgate had the highest response rate among all the HAZ areas so a big thank you!

On the day of the HAZ launch, many people also took the opportunity to share their ideas with us and responses on post-it notes to these questions:

  • What is your favourite piece of heritage in Ramsgate?
  • What would make your heritage better?
  • How would you like to get involved?

If you’d like to contribute to this initial gathering of ideas then please do share your responses with us on Twitter @HE_SouthEast

What happens next?

We will shortly be sharing information on an upcoming community engagement event to give you the opportunity to get involved and bring your skills, knowledge and time to the Ramsgate Heritage Action Zone initiative.

With Louisa in place, we can now begin to work on engaging further with the local communities and organisations which have already been doing great work for local heritage.

As the project continues, you can keep up to date with new developments by signing up to our e-newsletter. You can also  read more on the background of the project.

There will be lots of opportunities for people to get involved throughout the project so watch this space.

An elevated view looking down into the Inner Harbour in Ramsgate which is full of large sailing vessels. The harbour was constructed in circa 1750.
Historic England archive image of Ramsgate Harbour full of large sailing vessels 1890 - 1910 (OP00658) © Source: Historic England Archive
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