19th Aug 2015 - Heritage grant for chichester Hero
Heritage Lottery fund grant to tell story of Chichester Hero Admiral George Murray
£63,000 grant will help tell the story of a Chichester hero — and friend to Nelson
The story of one of Chichester's heroes who was also a close friend of Admiral Lord Nelson will be told thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Chichester District Council received a grant of £63,200 for a partnership project to highlight the work of Admiral George Murray, who enjoyed a distinguished naval career and was considered to be Nelson's right hand man, even serving alongside him on HMS Victory.
The funding will be used by The Novium Museum, The Murray Club, Chichester District Council and the West Sussex Record Office for a special exhibition about Murray which will take place at The Novium Museum, Chichester in December.
Murray was born in Chichester in 1759 and joined the Navy aged eleven. He rose to the rank of Vice Admiral of the Red and was captain of the Colossus which was shipwrecked off the Isle of Scilly in 1798. In 1815 he was awarded the Order of the Bath and became Admiral Sir George Murray.
In 1804 he built a house in North Street which is now The Ship Hotel. Murray died in 1819 and both he and his wife Ann are buried at Chichester Cathedral.
This year marks both the 200th anniversary of Murray as the Mayor of Chichester and the 250th anniversary of the commissioning of HMS Victory.
The project, called 'Admiral George Murray: celebration of former resident and Mayor of Chichester' aims to create a better awareness among residents and visitors of Murray and his contribution to Chichester.
This exciting exhibition will feature:
items from the ship Colossus;
correspondence between Murray and Nelson; and
activities including Murray-themed sleepovers, pop-up exhibitions around Chichester, family events at The Guildhall in Priory Park and battle re-enactments.
A ceremonial gold sword presented to Murray, will be on display at the museum this month before the main exhibition is launched in December.
Councillor Gillian Keegan, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services at Chichester District Council, says: "This is a really exciting opportunity to make Chichester more aware of Admiral Murray and the significance he had in the city's history. This project is one that will appeal to, and involve all ages, and we are extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for its support."
Councillor Richard Plowman, Chairman of the Murray Club and Steering Committee said: "An immense amount of work has gone into the planning of the events for the 200th anniversary of Admiral Sir George Murray as Mayor of Chichester in 1815.
"The HLF funding now means that we can reach far more of the community as Admiral Sir George Murray was a local hero and a great role model for all."
Stuart McLeod, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said: "Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we're pleased to support this partnership to celebrate the story of a fascinating figure that played such a significant role both in local life and in international events. This project will enable people of all ages to play a part in celebrating the 200th anniversary of the man who helped shape Chichester."