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Chailey Heritage School Students Explore the Tide Mills Project

29 September 2021

Last week, seven young people from across all three Chailey Heritage School departments went on a fantastic trip to the Tide Mills beach, between Newhaven and Seaford, to join in with LYT Productions’ Heritage Celebration Week.

LYT Productions is a youth-led community production organisation and they secured funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council of England and South Downs National Park Authority for this exciting and ambitious community project exploring the history of Tide Mills village.

The Chailey Heritage students learnt the interesting history of Tide Mills, the old railway cottage, the location of the old mill, the blacksmiths, the stable for injured horses and, most importantly, the Chailey Heritage Marine Hospital. It is thought that these students were the first since 1939 to visit the hospital location and lie out on the open-air beds that are synonymous with the hospital.

There were some very special exhibits on show, including one featuring students of Chailey Heritage School. In July of this year, some Seymour and Hanbury students recorded some audio clips using their voices, communication aids and a program from our multi-sensory studio’s Magic Carpet (which responds to people’s movement) to create a unique soundscape for one of the installations. The installation was made up of multiple beds at the Chailey Marine Hospital site using metal and wood and incorporated the soundscape via transducer microphones so the listener only hears the sound when their skull makes contact with the metal.

Due to measures in place during the Covid-19 pandemic, school trips have been less common for the young people at Chailey Heritage School and they loved being out together at long last.

A special thank you must go to Ben and Nic Phelps for their support in getting the young people there and showing them around. They had a brilliant time.

You can explore more about the Tide Mills project here.

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