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April 2019

A Woman Living in the Shadow of the WWII; Helena Hall’s Journal from the Home Front Margaret Nicolle and Linda Grace

18th April 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The journal of no ordinary woman, Helena Hall provides a fascinating glimpse into the local, national and international scene during the Second World War. Diaries are important because they provide a unique perspective of life at the time, without the possible distortions of hindsight, subsequent knowledge and memory. Having read Miss Hall’s journal, we considered it to be unique and fascinating and wanted to share it with others. Our talk will explain why we wanted to do this.

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May 2019

Outing to Lewes Priory led by Helen Poole

16th May 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The Cluniac Priory of St Pancras at Lewes was one of the richest in England. Despite Cromwell's massive destruction of the Great Church, the remaining walls tell their own story of a once magnificent building, ranging from the original 11th century church to more mundane structures. Nearby is the monument to the Battle of Lewes which was the most dramatic event to take place there, but other personalities have also left their mark. If St John's Church is not in…

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June 2019

Early Sussex Railways – Kevin Gordon

20th June 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Our speaker Kevin worked on the railways as a British Transport Police officer for over 30 years and will tell the story of the early Sussex Railways and how they impacted on the county. Kevin will explain how railways were invented, and how, after the first railway between London and Brighton was opened, they spread across Sussex. This well illustrated talk includes information on why a whale establishes a Sussex Railway Station and details of the Sussex Railway Police. Kevin…

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July 2019

Temperance Tales from Sussex and Surrey – Ros Black

18th July 2019 @ 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

15th August 2019 @ 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.

19th September 2019 @ 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

17th October 2019 @ 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

21st November 2019 @ 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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January 2020

A Turbulent History of Pub Life in Lewes – Mat Homewood

January 16 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lewes was once famous for having ‘7 churches, 7 breweries, and 70 pubs’. Much has been written about Lewes pubs; little has been researched on the people within these establishments. This talk takes an intriguing look at the landlords, landladies, and customers, and the highs and lows of the pub trade. From the smoking concerts, social clubs and family celebrations, to the mass closing of many of the town’s popular inns and taverns. The high number of pubs in the…

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February 2020

Primitive Money and Origins of Coinage – David Rudling

February 20 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This talk will begin with a global review of various types of 'primitive' / tribal currencies, and then turn to the independent origins of coinage in China, India and Asia Minor, and the adoption of coinage in ancient Europe.

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