Pioneering Places is part of the national Great Place Scheme, an ambitious project that will make East Kent an even better place to live, work and visit by exploring heritage, developing civic pride and connecting artists and communities.
Four projects in Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Ramsgate are being led by cultural organisations to encourage local people to get involved and shape the place where they live. Supported through Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with Historic England and Artswork, the South East Bridge.
Creative Folkestone will work with residents, artists, architects, historians and policy makers to re-imagine the abandoned and historically important former Gasworks site on Ship Street.
We are inviting local people’s stories of the site along with their aspirations for its future and mixing this with leading creative place makers, in an effort to form an inspiring and credible proposal and so a stronger community. This will empower people and creatives to influence local planning decisions and places art and creativity in the heart of this place making initiative.
A history of the Gasworks and its neighbourhood exhibition at Sunflower House
In November 2018 at Sunflower House, an exhibition explored the history of the Gasworks on Ship Street and Foord Road, and the surrounding neighbourhood. It told the story of Foord: from pre-industrialisation and the coming of the railway, and the relocation of the Folkestone Gasworks and the changes this meant for the town. It also looked at the impact that the site has had on its surrounding neighbourhood through its years of productivity, to its closure and beyond.