Blake Cottage Trust (William Blake) in West Sussex seeks new Trustee
William Blake (poet, artist and visionary 1757-1827) and his wife Catherine lived in a cottage in the village of Felpham in West Sussex between 1800 and 1803. The Cottage is now one of the only two surviving homes where Blake lived, the other being a Georgian townhouse in London. The Blake Cottage Trust was set up in 2015 and successfully raised half a million pounds to purchase the Cottage and put it into trust for the nation. Our aim now is to renovate the building in time for the 200th anniversary of Blake’s death in 2027 and open it as a centre for the dissenting imagination; celebrating Blake’s life and works.We are therefore at the start of an exciting five-year project and we, the four existing Trustees, are looking for other people to join us in the adventure. In total we currently have six vacancies, with one being reserved for a representative from the local community.
Although the Cottage is located in West Sussex on the South Coast of England, Trustees can be based anywhere in the UK, although occasional visits to the Cottage will obviously be required. Trustees give their time free but in due course, when funds allow, we hope to be able to cover travel expenses, or similar costs. In return you will gain experience in a range of skills, including historic building restoration, property management, interpretation and educational activities. Come and join us.
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