Ramsgate was designated as a Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) in April of 2017. The HAZ partnership team includes Historic England, Thanet District Council, Ramsgate Town Council, the Ramsgate Coastal Community Team and the Ramsgate Society. The team is working on a range of projects over 5 years to engage with the local community and organisations to understand what makes the heritage in Ramsgate really special, to share the findings and stories, and to protect and improve Ramsgate’s heritage for the future.
Historic England has carried out a series of research projects that are helping the HAZ partnership team to understand the history and heritage of Ramsgate.
- Read more about the Historic England research projects
The Heritage Schools Programme, funded by the Department for Education and run by Historic England, has been supporting Ramsgate schools to create learning experiences for pupils using local heritage.
- Read more about the Heritage Schools Programme
The HAZ partnership was successful in bidding for a £50,000 grant from the Coastal Revival Fund. This will fund a condition survey and planting plan of Ramsgate’s nationally significant collection of Pulhamite rock gardens to help protect it for future generations.
- View the Pulhamite rock gardens leaflet (PDF 8.6mb)
The HAZ podcast series, created in partnership with the Ramsgate Festival of Sound, Ramsgate Radio and Historic England, aims to bring to life the HAZ research undertaken in Ramsgate, uncovering the stories and lived experience of the town and particularly its clifftop promenades and seafront. These podcasts are designed as ‘sonic trails’ / ‘sound walks’ and comprise three episodes.
- Listen to the Heritage Action Zone podcast series
Ramsgate High Street Heritage Action Zone
In May 2019, Historic England launched a new multi-million pound fund which will allow partners to find new ways to champion and revive historic high streets through the High Streets Heritage Action Zones scheme. 68 high streets across England have been selected to receive a share of the £95 million fund including Ramsgate.
- Thanet District Council is working with Historic England to develop a delivery plan for the Ramsgate scheme and funding amounts will be confirmed late March 2020.
- The Ramsgate scheme will run for four-years aimed at physical improvements, community engagement and cultural activities targeted towards the high street.
- A Cultural Programme will be developed for each of the 68 high streets working with local communities and cultural organisations. The Cultural Programme is funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund and supported by Arts Council England.