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West Sussex County Council News Release 1st July 2



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01 July 2022


Looking back and to the future – museum of bygone times gets latest digital technology


Weald & Downland Living Museum gets latest digital technology

A West Sussex visitor attraction, showing life from bygone and ancient times, now benefits from future-ready, gigabit-capable broadband speeds.

The Weald & Downland Living Museum in Singleton has updated its digital infrastructure so visitors can enjoy faster, more seamless broadband speeds.  

The attraction was supported by West Sussex County Council in its successful bid to a central Government fund aimed at helping the events industry recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. A total of £25,000 from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has been used to boost the museum’s digital infrastructure, enabling high-quality connectivity for audiences and attendees. The attraction can also now produce stronger bids to secure future international events which have to have a strong digital offer.

Ilona Harris, the Museum’s Marketing Director, said: “The Weald & Downland Living Museum is delighted to have received this Government funding from DCMS, and West Sussex County Council's support was instrumental in bringing the constituent parts of the project together and ensuring the project’s delivery.

“Having access to faster broadband means our visitor experience in our admission, shop and café is faster and more seamless; it also has great potential for us going forward and for our local community.”

Paul Marshall, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “I’m delighted our officers have been able to help one of West Sussex’s visitor attraction ‘gems’ get future-ready, gigabit-capable broadband speeds.”

The museum is home to the BBC’s popular The Repair Shop, housed and filmed in the historic Court Barn, which is also now supplied with gigabit-capable broadband.

F&W Networks deploys full fibre broadband in regions throughout the UK, working in partnership with internet service providers such as Hey!Broadband, who provide full fibre broadband services to homes and businesses in the UK.


Picture: Photo courtesy of Karen Bornhoft – please give a picture credit. Picture caption: Beth Tirvengadum (left), the County Council’s Broadband Project Delivery Manager, who helped the Weald and Downland Living Museum realise its aim to get future-ready, gigabit-capable broadband speeds, with Ilona Harris, the Museum’s Marketing Director, at the Museum in Singleton.



Notes to editors:

  • The Weald & Downland Living Museum allows visitors to discover how our ancestors lived and worked in a rural landscape. One thousand years of rural life can be seen, heard, felt, smelt and experienced at the open-air site.
  • Full fibre broadband is the next generation of internet, enabling for superior speeds (up to 1Gbps symmetrical) and a totally reliable connection, which allows homes and businesses to get future ready.


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