The Trust

What is Lewes Priory Trust?

Lewes Priory Seal
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Lewes Priory Committee, formed in 1969, became Lewes Priory Trust in 1980. It is a registered charity which manages the site of Lewes Priory on behalf of Lewes Town Council which is the freeholder. 

The aim of the Trust is to preserve and enhance the remains of the Cluniac Priory of St Pancras and the surrounding area with the objective that it should become a facility of cultural, historic, educational and tourist importance of which the Town could be justifiably proud. Its detailed aims are set out in the Development Plan.
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Who runs Lewes Priory Trust?

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┬ęTrustees of the British Museum

The non-executive officers of the Trust are:
President: Dr John Lawrence MBE
Vice President: Tom Sholl

The Trust is managed by its Governing Body all of whom are trustees of the charity and directors of the company limited by guarantee. Members for 2021-22 are:

Paul Benjamin
Arthur Franklin
Tony Freeman
Sy Morse-Brown (Chairman)
Susan Murray (Membership Secretary)
Andrew Norris
Ruth O'Keeffe
Trevor Parsons (Treasurer)

Priory Trust's Education Officers are Helen Chiasson & Kate Hickmott.

Charity No: 1123751
Registered Company No: 6493711



Development Plan 2015

This plan outlines the goals and objectives of the Trust, the history and achievements of the Trust to date, the challenges and opportunities for the future and the short, medium and longer term plans for development. These can be summarised as follows:

Site Management: Consider the installation of facilities: toilets, shelter, internet booster, interpretation centre.

Education: Extend education work beyond Lewes; work with the UK Cluniac sites and the Federation of European Cluniac Sites (FESC) on exchange of best practice.

Research: Identify, catalogue and digitise artefacts related to the Priory; work with the Federation of European Cluniac Sites; continue archaeological investigations; investigate storage and exhibition sites for Priory artefacts.

Partnerships: Develop and strengthen partnerships with: funders, the Cluniac network, local heritage providers, local authorities, groups such as the local branches of: the Federation of Women’s Institutes, the Scout Movement, Rotary.

Presence: Continue to develop innovative and low-cost ways to promote the site; extend presence on social media; develop exhibition space; recognition of the need for grant funding, increasing volunteer involvement and membership to achieve these as the Trust has limited capacity to raise funds for projects.

Download LPT Development Plan