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Introducing the Pevensey Gazette

The Pevensey Gazette launches on Saturday 25 August 2018.

The tabloid newspaper, marks a step up in the promotion of Pevensey to a national and international audience.

Pevensey, somewhat forgotten in the story of the 1066 landing, is to see what the team behind the venture describe as “a new tool in the digital toolbox of the village, as we prepare for the arrival of the Bayeux Tapestry on loan to this county in 2022″.

The revered historian Michael Wood, on coming to Pevensey to launch his seminal work on BBC2, The Great British Story a People’s History (2010), began the series with these words ‘this is where it all began’.

The Pevensey Gazette is aiming to connect to a national and international audience.

The newspaper launches with a keynote article by Kathryn Hurlock, Senior Lecturer in Medieval History, Manchester Metropolitan University, about the place of the Bayeux Tapestry in shared European heritage.

To residents and visitors with us, the newspaper will be made available in the Castle Cottage Tea Room, and Priory Court Hotel and Restaurant.

The digital edition of the Pevensey Gazette will be delivered, free of charge, to the desktops of 100 key visitor destination organisations, schools and colleges, with a focus of interest on the history and heritage of the country in the story of the 1066 landing.

The makers of the Pevensey Gazette say, “this is the first time that a tabloid newspaper has been developed to residents and visitors in this way here at the local level, adding “we see the Digital Age as being ripe for the promotion of our unique history to a national and European audience in this way.

“What is interesting about a newspaper is that having history in your hands can be a visceral experience”

The makers say, given that £10 million is about to be earmarked for the arrival of the Bayeux Tapestry to promote the story of the 1066 landing, with some of the money distributed to schools and colleges across the country, that, in their opinion,  “some of this money should be coming to Pevensey”.

“Our aim is to put Pevensey back on the world stage somewhere beyond the Wallsend Road, by telling the story of Pevensey castle, the Court House, Museum and Gaol and St. Nicolas church, to a European based audience in the form of a newspaper”.

An article by Kathryn Horlock, senior Lecturer in Medieval History, Manchester Metropolitan University, leads the launch of the Pevensey Gazette with an account of the shared European history of the Bayeux Tapestry.

The team behind the newspaper say “given the fact that Ad Pevensae appears as a panel on the Bayeux Tapestry, we have been given the gift of a nearly 1000 year old strapline and visual ID, that is beyond the wildest dreams of any advertising agency.

“As a starting point to promote Pevensey, and what Michael Wood describes in The Great British Story a People’s History, as the place where it all began, that is about as good as it gets”.