Abbot’s Hospital wins National Lottery support
Abbot’s hospital will be 400 years old in 2019. As we prepare for this big year we are excited to announce that we have received a National Lottery grant of £92,000 for our project, “400 years of Abbot’s Hospital: A year of celebration”, in Guildford, Surrey. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will celebrate this significant anniversary and increase public engagement and awareness of this historic site throughout 2019 and beyond.
Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the ‘400 years of Abbot’s Hospital’ project will enable people to get a better understanding of the history of a site that continues its original 400 year old mandate to provide support and care for elderly people of Guildford. Market Stalls on the High Street will take our heritage outside the hospital walls and engage with new audiences. Trails of Discovery leaflets will provide a more interactive learning experience for children and schools, and special events for our residents and their families will help people better understand the place they live. A community created Mosaic will give people opportunity to actively participate in this special year and its installation along Jeffries Passage will give the project a permanent legacy.
Abbot’s Hospital was founded by Archbishop George Abbot in 1619 who resolved to devote some of his wealth to the benefit of elderly residents of Guildford. Abbot’s Hospital itself is a magnificent Jacobean Grade I listed building and contains significant collections such as the Hospital’s charter, granted by James I in 1622, with the king’s picture appearing at the top. The Master of Abbot’s was required to keep a ledger recording life at the hospital. We have a vast collection of records, recording everyday life for residents and going back 400 years to the hospital’s beginnings.
Working with Guildford Museum, Surrey History Centre, the West Surrey Arts Society and the local schools we will research further existing records and make information more accessible to people.
Commenting on the award, Michael McKechnie, Master at Abbot’s Hospital, said:
“We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project will celebrate this significant 2019 anniversary of Abbot’s and increase public engagement and awareness of this very historic site through 2019 and beyond.”
Abbot’s Hospital offers up to 27 residents the opportunity to live an independent, fulfilled life in the centre of town. We provide a sociable and supportive environment, emphasising this sense of community through a range of regular social activities, including coffee mornings, keep fit classes and occasional outings. Many of our residents assist with guided tours, bake cakes for different activities, help in the garden and host social events.
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For more information please contact Micheal McKechnie: