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The only surviving early example of load levelling (modern grid stabilisation) using battery storage C.1900.
In the twinkling of an eye, mankind has transitioned from the flint and fire, to electric vehicles, solar power and wind generation, computers & mobile phones. The acceleration of technology has been so fast, that in the rush to build skyscrapers, almost all evidence of how our electricity generating industry developed, has been demolished.
Herstmonceux Museum is an Ecomuseum, not only in the sense of being a community asset, as an actual historic building, interwoven in the fabric of the developing village. But, also, because of the environmental work that has take place in this location over the years. To wit, the development of electric vehicles, and EV refueling systems, and the research into solar and hydrogen powered ocean transport. Beginning, just a few years before the turn of the Twentieth Century (20th century began on 1 January 1901 (MCMI), and ended on 31 December 2000) with the generation of electricity, and now opening up to the public to share this local heritage in the 21st Century.
Of the 1,157 listed UNESCO sites, worldwide, the last example of early battery energy storage for load levelling, is in England, just outside a tiny village called Herstmonceux, in East Sussex. Find us some 8 miles from the south coast, and the English Channel.
Along with all our supporters, we appreciate that the path to attaining world heritage status is neither fast nor easy, and fraught with potential pitfalls. But what is clear, is that for many years this monument to the Electrical Age, has been neglected, and may well constitute a special case under the Paris International Agreement: World Heritage Convention of 1972.
Accordingly, this website is dedicated to finding ways to overcome perceived obstacles, by way of a logical and phased restoration. No matter that much work may be needed to frame the archaeology as the star attraction of the Museum. We thus implore anyone involved in the process, to think positively and creatively, as we endeavour to do so. And to please help us to endure the administrative rigours along the way. Nothing is impossible if you apply yourself to the challenge. That is how Man walked on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission. By applying the best of the best, until finally, Neil Armstrong set foot on the familiar celestial body (21 July 1969), with the immortal words: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
Effectively gifted to the forerunner of Lime Park Heritage Trust in the 1990s, our small group of conservationists are working hard to try and save this interesting industrial complex from the ravages of time, by way of achievable stages ONE, TWO, THREE & FOUR. This is extremely important, as these buildings are the missing link in the transition from coal to renewables. As the last example of this technology, the site is surely a contender as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The current trend for modern low carbon energy parks, (battery energy storage systems) like that in Manchester (July 2023), are springing up all over Europe. Making the Museum, all the more relevant historically, as we move to combat climate change with renewables.
The Trust are opening the buildings to the public, aiming for accreditation, campaigning rigorously to get this site the recognition it deserves on the world stage. We look forward to seeing you in the summer of 2024. With huge thanks to all our volunteers and friends.
Schools and colleges might be interested in our unique "Technology Trail," where they can see innovation at grass roots level, from the drawing board, to small scale testing apparatus, to completed vehicles at full size. This is something discussed at our AGM in September.
More information will be provided on this website for the 2024 season, as the Museum develops exhibits. Meantime, thank you for your patronage and patience.
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