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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

16th January 2020 @ 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

20th February 2020 @ 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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March 2020

A Passion for Piers – Jackie Marsh-Hobbs

19th March 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Almost a hundred pleasure piers were built around our coast mainly during the Victorian period. These incredible feats of engineering enabled holiday makers to promenade over the seawater enjoying the fresh air and views. A nostalgic look at the history of piers, incorporating some of the entertainment and delight they have brought to generations.

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April 2020

A House, a War and a Painting – Quebec House – Alan Carter

16th April 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In leafy Westerham on the Kent and Surrey border lies a house owned by the National Trust. It is a substantial old house that has stood for nearly 500 years, not large but sturdy, and over the centuries has undergone many changes. Its importance dates from a brief period in the 18th century when it was the childhood home of James Wolfe who, at the age of 32, won a battle that changed the world and in which he lost…

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May 2020

Visit to Quebec House – led by Alan Carter

21st May 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Explore this fascinating house, the childhood home of General James Wolfe. Discover the dramatic battle that won America for the British and learn of Wolfe's tragic death, in our exhibition.Travel back in time and see the house as it appeared in the 1730s when James Wolfe and his family lived here. Fall asleep on our replica 18th-century bed, or take your chances with Mrs Wolfe’s ‘cure for consumption’ in the kitchen. Afterwards sit back and relax with a cup of…

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June 2020

Sir Archibald McIndoe and the Guinea Pig Club – Alex Sewell

18th June 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Alex Sewell has always had an interest in local history and particularly the story of Sir Archibald McIndoe and his links to the Guinea Pig Club. Alex's talk will tell the story of Sir Archibald McIndoe's life and work and how the Guinea Pig Club came to be.  Alex is a volunteer speaker for East Grinstead Museum's outreach programme and delivers his talks to raise awareness of this fascinating period of WW2 history and keep the memory of these inspirational…

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