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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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March 2020

A Passion for Piers – Jackie Marsh-Hobbs

March 19 @ 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

April 16 @ 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

May 21 @ 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

June 18 @ 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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July 2020

Visit to Arundel Castle – led by Heather Warne

July 16 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Thursday 16thJuly meet at 1.30 pm   Visit to Arundel Castle led by Heather Warne   Castle admission: £13, opens at 10am. Come early and  walk round in your own time. Meet Heather in gardens at 1.30pm for behind the scenes tour finishing at the archives. You may then like to have Tea and explore castle until 5pm. This is a unique not to be missed opportunity to see areas not normally available to the public. Car sharing can be…

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August 2020

Ashdown Forest-an early example of conservation – Vivienne Blandford – Postponed until further notice

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

Ranging over the centuries, this talk will demonstrate how woodland became a lowland heath landscape through the exploitation of its resources and today is a valuable ‘natural lowland heath habitat’ where boundaries of 13th century Deer Park still exist despite enclosures both legally and illegally.

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September 2020

A – Z of Brighton & Hove 8.00pm – 9.15pm – Kevin Newman – This will be on Zoom – please see ticket link below

September 17 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

All are welcome to our first Zoom online event, which will be an illustrated talk by local author Kevin Newman, based on his recent book ‘A–Z of Brighton and Hove’. Kevin delves into the stories behind the city’s most notable streets, places, parks and buildings, as well as the dark secrets of its inhabitants, hidden lanes and ‘twittens’ (the Sussex name for alleyways). The book reveals the stories behind of some of the more unusual place names and the history…

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October 2020

Magic Lantern Show – Allan and Rene Marriott

October 15 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wivelsfield Historical Society – Forthcoming Events   A Look at Victorian and Edwardian seaside Sussex through the lens of the Magic Lantern.  Returning by popular request– but this time on Zoom - Allan and Rene Marriottpresent an evening of all-round entertainment, in words and music,including history of Brighton, Eastbourne and Worthing plus a piece on Worthing lifeboat day 1894 and finishing with Victorian animated slides.   8pm on Thursday 15th October, on Zoom, in the comfort of your own home.…

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