WORK is underway to refresh and enhance the Beachy Head Countryside Centre in line with changes to visitor expectations over recent years. 

Under the new name of the Beachy Head Story, it will tell the history of the South Downs around Beachy Head from the formation of the chalk over 90 million years ago to the present day and beyond, using the experiences and words of people who have lived, worked or been inspired by the area. 

Councillor Jonathan Dow, Cabinet member for Climate Change, said: “This is a very exciting project that will incorporate tales from shepherds, smugglers, heroes and poets using images and artefacts from the Eastbourne collection. 

“The stories have been chosen to reflect the spirit of our much-loved area and will frame the most incredible story of all, the living landscape viewed from the picture window. 

“We are also developing a shop to reflect this iconic landscape and showcase local producers and makers as well as a variety of other wonderful gifts.” 

This work is one of the headline projects within Eastbourne Borough Council’s Whole Estate Plan, a 25-year environmental management plan that has been endorsed by the South Downs National Park Authority. 

Councillor Dow added: “I would also like to take this opportunity to extend the council’s thanks to the Beachy Head Countryside Centre trustees who, over many years, have given freely of their time and energy to support the running of the centre.

“We hope they, along with residents and visitors, will enjoy the new-look centre that has been specially-designed to celebrate the rich history of our downland.” 

Photo of local artist Ellie Fryer painting murals on the centre’s walls