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July 2019

Temperance Tales from Sussex and Surrey – Ros Black

July 18 @ 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Local author Ros Black's illustrated talk about a neglected element of social history will demonstrate that the temperance movement is not a 'dry' subject but one full of engaging personalities and dramatic events, including riots along the south coast.

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August 2019

The magic of pantomime – Ian Gledhill

August 15 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Pantomime is an enduring and peculiarly British institution, yet its beginnings go back a very long way and are in fact anything but British!  Ian Gledhill was a professional actor, and looks at the origins of panto and examines many of the traditions (and superstitions) that have become attached to it over the years, interspersed with personal anecdotes from years of working and appearing in pantomime.

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September 2019

Thursday 19th September 8.00 pm – Magic Lantern Show of Old Brighton.

September 19 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Magic Lantern Show of Old Brighton. Alan and Rene  present a Victorian magic lantern show with hand-painted and animated slides from their own unique collection. Lantern shows became extremely popular in Victorian times as both public and private entertainment and were enjoyed by people of all ages. The practitioners wanted to keep their art secret and ‘magic’.  

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October 2019

Mass Observation Project; WWII and beyond – Kirsty Pattrick

October 17 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Mass Observation Projects Officer, Kirsty Pattrick, will provide an insight into the work of Mass Observation during World War II, through the voices of its many diarists and share some of their more recent findings on everyday life in Britain. The talk will cover the early work of Mass Observation including extracts from our wartime diarists, leading on to the current project and the panel of volunteers who write regularly for MOP. It will also introduce The Keep and an…

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November 2019

Annual General Meeting – Followed at 8 pm by What’s This Thing? An Historical Investigation Evening

November 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Followed at 8 pm by What’s This Thing? An Historical Investigation Evening: Bring along an unusual object, leaflet or photo for identification of its use/age/purpose/etc. while we enjoy mulled wine and finger food. Please talk to a committee member if you have an item that you could bring along: its actual use, age, and purpose would be useful but is not vital.

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