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Ramsgate Heritage Action Zone Programme Manager

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.

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Historic England is delighted to be fully funding the Programme Manager Post and we are excited that Louisa has joined the Ramsgate HAZ Programme Partnership. This is a fantastic opportunity to now engage more widely with the community to increase awareness and appreciation of the rich heritage of Ramsgate together with partners. We wish Louisa all the best in her new post and look forward to working with her to capitalise on Ramsgate’s outstanding heritage and to help strengthen the local economy

Martin Small, Principal Historic Environment Planner, Historic England

Welcoming Louisa

New Programme Manager Louisa Hrabowy, whose expertise includes delivering international development projects, has been appointed to finalise the HAZ’s Delivery Plan, co-ordinate its five-year programme, and raise awareness of the role heritage plays in supporting regeneration.

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.

Louisa’s career background spans 12 years working on international development projects with the Department for International Development, which led her to postings in Brussels, Poland and South Africa. She has also worked with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the UK Cultural Protection Fund and the Great Exhibition of the North.

Louisa also holds a Masters (Distinction) in Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy from Goldsmiths University.

Image of Louisa Hrabowy
New Programme Manager Louisa Hrabowy © Thanet District Council


We’re delighted that Louisa has joined the Heritage Action Zone team! Louisa has a wealth of skills and project management experience that will enable her to build links across the community and co-ordinate the ambitious programme of projects. We’re confident that, under her leadership, we will raise awareness of Ramsgate’s unique heritage and its role in economic growth and regeneration

Cllr Hunter Stummer-Schmertzing, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Enterprise Services, Thanet District Council

Hearing from Ramsgate communities

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?

The next step for us is to start working our way through all the responses from the initial survey. With Louisa in place, we'll 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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