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:

December News from Ramsgate

This month in Ramsgate we held our first stakeholder event to explore new and exciting partnership opportunities. In the beautiful and historic surroundings of the Cartoon Room in the Grange, looked after and restored by the Landmark Trust , representatives from national funding bodies, heritage organisations, the construction industry, tourism sector, higher education, and Garden Trusts came together to discuss ways of engaging in the Heritage Action Zone.

The attendees were treated to some delicious scones freshly baked from the Royal Harbour Hotel, which helped to fuel constructive discussions on potential apprenticeships, volunteering, landscape projects, tourism and the best way to harness the fantastic heritage in Ramsgate to its fullest potential.

A big thank you to all who attended on the day and to Arts in Ramsgate who came to the rescue when we ran out of all important flip chart paper – some replacement is winging its way to you now!

The Heritage Action Zone partnership board now has the task of developing the brilliant ideas generated by the session into projects which can be delivered locally. We are excited to share these with you as they develop so stand by for ways in which you can get involved.

In the New Year we will be planning a series of community engagement events so please do get in touch if there is anything you’d like to see from us. In the meantime we wish you a happy festive period and hope you have time to visit Ramsgate and see the harbour boat Christmas display.

Image of Ramsgate Heritage Action Zone stakeholder workshop - people sat around a table discussing potential projects
Our first stakeholder event as part of the Ramsgate Heritage Action Zone © Historic England

November news from Ramsgate

As part of the Ramsgate Heritage Action Zone, Historic England has started four research projects to help increase understanding of the town’s rich local heritage.

These explorative projects into Ramsgate’s past will help to uncover and map the local heritage so that we are better able to explore and present the rich heritage of Ramsgate to residents, visitors and investors. They are the first of many projects planned for the Ramsgate Heritage Action Zone.

Historic assessment and publication of conservation book

Historic England is working on research for a book on Ramsgate’s historic environment aimed at residents and businesses. Part of the Informed Conservation series, the book is due to be published in 2019.

Explore the Informed Conservation series so far.

Historic characterisation

The aim of this project is to create a GIS-based map which documents the historic character of Ramsgate. This will be accompanied by a report which includes assessments of the heritage values of Ramsgate’s historic character and a narrative of the town’s historic development from prehistory right up to the present.  

Aerial investigation and mapping

This project will analyse every available aerial photograph of the Ramsgate HAZ area to map and record archaeological remains. Drawing on existing work, the project will provide a brief archaeological narrative for the town, from prehistory to the present.

Overview of Ramsgate’s prehistory

This project will provide a narrative and assessment of the significance of Ramsgate’s prehistoric heritage, both onshore and offshore, in order to raise awareness of the town’s history both locally and further afield.

While attention has primarily focused on the town’s historic buildings, the Ramsgate area has substantial prehistoric archaeological remains. Ramsgate and Pegwell Bay seem to have been particularly important in various phases of the Neolithic Early Bronze Age and Late Bronze Age / Early Iron Age. This project will bring together and promote these less well known aspects of Ramsgate’s heritage.

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 .

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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