The department aimed to provide high quality opportunities for people to:
- Learn about Hastings Pier’s past through interpretation and activities.
- Engage with Hastings Pier through volunteering and events.
- Use Hastings Pier as a gateway to employability.
- Enjoy their interactions with Hastings Pier.
And through this work the department hoped that people felt:
- a sense of ownership and involvement
- an increased sense of pride in the area
- and as a result they would care for and about the future of Hastings Pier.
From 2013 to 2018 the Learning and Education department engaged in all sorts of different ways with over 117,000 people from the local community, including schools, families, young people and adults from diverse backgrounds, to achieve these aims. The department worked with the community through an array of creative educational workshops; film, theatre, story book, oral history and dance projects; a large scale yarn bombing installation; photography and multi-media exhibitions; developing an archive; outreach play sessions; site tours and history talks; placements, work experience weeks and internships.