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March 2017

Find Out More About Wivelsfield Sheila Blair and Heather Warne

16th March 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

An informal evening exploring the landscape and social history of Wivelsfield, augmented by displays of maps, documents and old photos from the Wivelsfield History Study Group archive. If you have a particular query about village history, please let a committee member know before this meeting so that this can be covered during the evening. Heather is a professional historian and along with Sheila Blair formed WHS in 1993 following the publication of the book - 'Wivelsfield - The History of…

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April 2017

Life in 13th Century Lewes Joanna Wilkins

20th April 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This talk gives a sense of what it was like to live in England around the time of the Battle of Lewes in 1264 during the infancy of our democratic system. Using manuscripts, many commissioned by the de Warenne family of Lewes Castle, it covers aspects of everyday life, clothing, buildings and beliefs.

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May 2017

Visit to Coultershaw Mill – 2.15pm for 2.30pm

18th May 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Field trip for both members and visitors, not to be missed! Meet at the Mill 2.15pm for 2.30pm tour. In the heart of the South Downs near Petworth, Coultershaw Heritage site includes a waterwheel, 18th century waterpump, 21st century water turbine and historic buildings set around the mill pond.With a range of historic buildings, exhibitions and trails around the mill pond, there is plenty to see and do.   Please wear suitable footwear.  Admission price: £2.50. In the morning, why…

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June 2017

History of Folk Music Mark Orchin (BA Hons Music – Open University)

15th June 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  Music has been an important part of everyday life throughout history, and Folk Music has a special place in our culture. The oral tradition has passed down the songs and tunes of our ancestors to this day and often contains much social comment. We have a rich heritage of Folk Music in the British Isles which might have been lost but for the forward thinking of a few dedicated followers in the 19th century. Mark founded the Folk Rock…

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July 2017

Ancient Mesopotamia – by Peter Leigh

20th July 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

‘Ancient Mesopotamia and the Dawn of Civilisation’ to give this talk its full title, will cover many of the extraordinary events that have occurred without which we would not be here today, beginning by looking at key events leading to the eventual emergence of the world’s first cities, going on to discuss the development of Eridu, from a simple place of worship to a great city and concluding with the Flood.

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August 2017

Art Deco – by Ian Gledhill

17th August 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This influential visual arts design appeared in France before World War I and flourished between the 1920s and 1940s. It was the style that defined the jazz era and the golden age of pre-war Hollywood musicals. Art Deco built a thousand cinemas (and the Hoover factory) and is still influential today.

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September 2017

Anglo Saxon Angleland – by ‘Osgar’ aka Mak Norman

21st September 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our speaker will examine who the Anglo Saxons were and what brought them to the land of the Britons, touching on the Anglo-Saxon concept of Wyrd (weird) a word we use differently now. They arrived as heathens, with gods and magic as powerful components of their culture.They brought us the English language, word play, charms and runes and are the roots of the English ancestral tree. Not to be missed!  

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October 2017

What did Ivan Margary do for me? – by David Millum

19th October 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In 1929 Margary made a chance discovery of the London to Lewes Roman road whilst studying aerial photographs of Ashdown Forest. He then traced the probable route of the road from London to the Ouse valley,going on to trace the routes of Roman roads all over Britain crucially including many local routes. The ‘Margary Legacy’ has fuelled and guided recent research. He occasionally got things slightly wrong but overall he was so remarkably right that modern projects must still refer…

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November 2017

Thursday 9th November AGM at 7.30 pm

9th November 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Society’s business matters will, as usual, be dealt with speedily and members can air their views and give suggestions for future activities. followed at 8.00 pm by Wivelsfield in Focus plus mulled wine and finger food.

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December 2017

Wivelsfield Carol Festival Friday 8th December 7.00pm

8th December 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come and celebrate the season with members of other village clubs and societies.           ___________________________________

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