Heritage Forum members’ programmes

Events/meetings organised by members of the Forum during 2017 and 2018

Barns Green and Itchingfield Local History Society

Programme of meetings to be added.



Beeding and Bramber Local History Society

Meetings are usually held at 7:45pm in Beeding and Bramber Village Hall on the first Wednesday of the month. The talks cover a wide range of subjects relating to the history and natural history of the local area and Sussex in general.

Visitors are welcome for a £3 entrance fee.


Wednesday 7 March 2018

AGM followed by Images of Brighton and Hove, Seafront and Piers by Cherry Gillingham

Wednesday 4 April 2018

The Ramblings of a Railwayman by Geoff Burch

Wednesday 2 May 2018

Graylingwell War Hospital by Katharine Slay

Wednesday 5 September 2018

Elizabethan Sussex by Helen Poole

Wednesday 3 October 2018

Subterranean Sussex by Stewart Angell

Wednesday 7 November 2018

Life in the Castles of Sussex by Mark Perry-Nash

Wednesday 12 December 2018

Christmas Social for members only

Billingshurst Local History Society

Meetings are held at the Billingshurst Community Centre at 7.30 pm. Everyone welcome. Visitors £3 Annual sub £15.


Thursday 8 March 2018

“The Sussex Agricultural Labourer’s Tale” is the title of a talk to be given by one of our best known local historians, Jennifer Goldsmith. She says it should be very relevant to Billingshurst.

Thursday 12 April 2018

The season closes with Jackie Marsh-Hobbs giving a talk about the history of the well-known West Pier in Brighton. Useful websites include www.westpier.co.uk and http://jackiemarsh-hobbs.co.uk.

The Summer Programme 2018 for members will be announced at a later date.

Cowfold Village History Society

All meetings take place in Cowfold Village Hall, Bolney Road at 7:45pm for 8:00pm.

Everyone welcome. Members free and non-members £3 including refreshments.

Friday 23 February 2018

“Time to Thank Them”-  the story of the Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses. Presented by John Drewry on behalf of the Nursing Memorial Appeal.

Friday 6 April 2018

AGM and “The Godmans of South Lodge” presented by Robina Arbuthnot.

Friday 20 July 2018

“The Coach Roads to Brighton” presented by Geoff Hewlett.

Friday 19 October 2018

“Sussex in the Great War” presented by Kevin Gordon.

Henfield History Group

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 8 pm (doors open from 7.40 pm) in the Free Church Hall, High Street, Henfield, BN5 9HP (via the side entrance in Coopers Way).

Everyone welcome. Admission £3 Non-Members (Members by Subscription)

Enquiries to Maureen Fletcher, Tel. 01273-492194.


Tuesday 13 March 2018

“Droughts, Deluges and Dust Devils – 300 Years of South East Weather” presented by Ian Currie.

Tuesday 10 April 2018

AGM – Talk TBA

Friends of St Peter’s, Henfield

The Friends of St Peter’s, Henfield are pleased to welcome back Dr. Janet Pennington who will give a talk on “The Adur Valley” on THURSDAY 22ND FEBRUARY, 2018 at 7.30pm in THE CORPUS CHRISTI CATHOLIC CHURCH HALL, TANYARD, HENFIELD. Tickets at £7 will include refreshments and can be purchased via the ticket hotline on 01273 492294, or in person from Henfield Village Care and on the door. All welcome!


Horsham Society

The Society publishes articles in its own newsletter and has also contributed articles to the West Sussex County Times since February 2008.


Parham House and  Gardens                                            

Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd April 2018

Parham Easter Family Fun

Families are warmly welcomed to enjoy a weekend of Easter Fun at Parham. With a garden trail, face painting, craft activities, storytelling and the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny, there is lots of fun for the whole family.

Tuesday 10th April 2018

The Cutting Garden Course with Sarah Raven

Join Sarah to learn how to prepare, plant, maintain and harvest buckets of flowers from your garden to achieve easy yet brilliant results.

Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th April 2018

The Tulip with Sarah Raven

Go on a tulip tour with Sarah to four tulip-centred gardens with lunch here at Parham House & Gardens .

Sunday 27th May 2018

The Midnight Gang

Enter the world of David Walliams to discover this heart-warming and dynamic story where friendships are forged and fun and frolic ensue at midnight when the tyrannical Matron assumes the children are sweetly sleeping. Performed in Parham’s Pleasure Grounds, Heartbreak Productions’ version of this popular children’s book is suitable for all the family and promises to add some uplifting magical fun to your summer’s afternoon

Monday 4th June 2018

Photography Workshop with Jason Ingram

Using the magnificent gardens of Parham for the workshop elements and illustrated by photographs taken through the seasons, Jason will discuss how he captures the spirit of a garden in wide and macro detail, understanding the light and how to control it.

Wednesday 13th – Sunday 24th June 2018

Needlework on Display

Parham is home to possibly the finest and most important collection of sixteenth and seventeenth century embroidery in the United Kingdom. Visitors will have an enhanced opportunity to discover Parham’s needlework collection, including items that are not normally on display.

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June 2018

The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show at Parham

The Sussex Guild is delighted to be exhibiting at Parham again. The Guild is a group of professional designer makers selected for their high degree of skill and creativity. Members live and work in Sussex and the adjoining counties. Formed nearly fifty years ago, the group supports its members in a variety of ways whilst promoting public understanding and appreciation of fine craft and design.

The Guild’s Craft Show takes place in a large marquee within the famous award-winning gardens with spectacular examples of ceramics, leather, textiles, jewellery, wood, glass, metalwork and fine modern furniture on show and craft demonstrations too.

Visitors will be able to meet the designer makers, watch them at work, and view, buy, or commission an individual piece.

Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th June 2018

Photography Workshop with Elizabeth Zeschin

This introductory Garden Photography course is designed for the beginner to intermediate photographer.

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th July 2018

Parham Garden Weekend

One of the highlights of the gardening calendar, the Garden Weekend is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Bringing together specialist nurseries from across the South East to showcase a wide variety of high quality flowers and plants, our flagship event also includes garden tours, talks and demonstrations from leading experts including, Marina Christopher, Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, Tom Stuart Smith and Parham Head Gardener, Tom Brown.

Monday 3rd September 2018

Garden Masterclass with Gardens Illustrated

This one day course is in collaboration with Gardens Illustrated & taught by Marina Christopher and Tom Brown.

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd September 2018

Parham Autumn Fair

A celebration of traditional estate life and all that harvest brings, our annual Autumn Fair presents the very best of homemade food and locally grown produce as well as activities for all ages. With working horse cart rides, estate tours, deer walks, gun dogs and falconry displays, there is plenty to see and do.

Sunday 7th October 2018

Apples in the Orchard

With apple growing advice and talks from Parham’s Garden Team and guests, discover local Sussex and heritage varieties of apples. Experts will be on hand to identify the variety of apples you have growing at home and you will be able to enjoy the bounty of the season by bringing in your own windfalls for apple pressing.


Rudgwick Preservation Society

Meetings are held in Rudgwick Village Hall at 7:30pm.

All welcome (£2 entry for non-members).

Monday 30 April 2018

AGM – Speaker: David Johnston.

Full 2018 programme of meetings to be added.

Rusper Chronicle


2018 programme of meetings to be added.

Shipley Local History Society

Meetings are held in the Andrew Hall, commencing at 7.30 pm.

Membership dues remain at £10.00 per person for the entire season. Visitors are always welcome at £3.00 per person.

Thursday 15 February 2018

“Dark Age Sussex” by Mark Perry-Nash. The history of Sussex from the departure of the Romans to the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons and subsequent conversion to Christianity in 681.

Thursday 26 April 2018

“William Penn and West Sussex” by Martin Hayes, County Local Studies Librarian. Penn, an energetic and devout man who helped set up the Blue Idol Meeting House, inspired many West Sussex people to follow him to Pennsylvania. We will explore Penn’s links to many places in the county.

Thursday 21 June 2018 at 6 pm

We will take our local summer evening walk to a place of interest followed by our annual summer social evening. This year it will take place at the Old Vicarage, hosted by Colin and Lucy West. Full details will be published in the spring.

August 2018

We are currently planning our summer visit to a local place of historical interest, and will publish full details in the spring.

Southwater Local History Group

Our meetings are held at 7.30pm on the first Monday of each month in the Beeson House, Lintot Square. Everyone Welcome . Non Members £3 please.


Monday 5 March 2018

“Come to Aracady”- exploring the age of Edwardian musical comedy, presented by Ian Gledhill.

Monday 2 April 2018

“Eric Robinson – Nuthurst’s VC” – the exciting life of a young midshipman who in a distinguished career won the Victoria Cross and a host of other decorations for gallantry, presented by Toby Turner.

Monday 7 May 2018

“Zulu Wars”- a talk presented in costume by Toby Harris

Monday 4 June 2018

“Town Criers and Bellmen Past and Present”- a talk in uniform 80% historical 20% hysterical by Peter White

Monday 2 July 2018

“A View from the Wings- Theatrical Stories” – presented by Brian Freeland

Monday 6 August 2018 

“The Great War 1914 – 1918 Home Front in West Sussex” – the county’s civilians at war, presented by Martin Hayes

Monday 3 September 2018

“Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex” – a historical look into the post of Lord Lieutenant, presented by Paul Legrave

Monday 1 October 2018 

“Brighton Rock – Brighton Crime” presented by Dr Geoffrey Mead

Monday 5 November 2018 

“Sid Cotton’s Air Force” – the story of a maverick Australian pilot who immediately before the start of WW2 was engaged by MI6, presented by Tony Turner

Monday 3 December 2018 

“Women’s Land Army- A Sussex Connection” – his mother’s personal memories and a potted history of the role of women on farms during the two world wars, presented by Ian Everest

Steyning History Society

Visitors are welcome at all our meetings, for a small entrance fee of £3.00. The annual membership fee is £10 per person (and the Society year runs from September through to May).

The meetings are held in the Saxon Room, Steyning Centre, Fletcher’s Croft, Steyning, commencing 7.45 pm and running until approximately 9.30 pm with a refreshment break in the middle; we ask for a £1 donation per person at each meeting towards tea, coffee and cake, in the interval.


Wednesday 14 March 2018

“Send Us Some Women” by Dianne Mannering.

Wednesday 11 April 2018

“Biggin on the Bump” by Bob Ogley.

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Annual General Meeting followed by: “Lost Ships Found- Maritime Detective Stories” by Ian Friel.

West Grinstead Local History Group

This Group was formed in 2006 to encourage local people to understand better the Parish of West Grinstead’s history and to increase knowledge of the area’s past.

Public meetings with a guest speaker are held on the third Tuesday of alternate months (January, March, May, July, September and November), commencing at 7:30pm, and take place in Partridge Green Village Hall, High Street, Partridge Green RH13 8HP.

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Annual General Meeting followed by “History of the Tower of London” by Alan Kingshott

Museum Events

Christ’s Hospital Museum

Welcome to 460 Years of History!

The Museum has a remarkable collection of some 35,000 artefacts and archives dating from 1552 to present day. Paintings, photographs, prints, china, sculpture, costume, social history, books, medals, coins, ephemera and much more chart the history of our unique school from its founding and 350 years in London, through its time at Hertford and finally Horsham since 1902. We are staffed by a small team of curators and volunteers who regularly respond to numerous research and family history enquiries, donations, conservation and exhibitions on and off site, learning sessions for pupils across all academic departments, tours for staff, public visitors and Verrio tours.

Extensive displays occupying what used to be the old isolation wards for the Infirmary or “Sicker” allow you to explore the school’s illustrious history, boasting patronage from all British monarchs dating back to Edward VI, links with important historical figures such as Samuel Pepys, Isaac Newton, Captain Cook, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charles Lamb, Edmund Blunden and Barnes Wallis. Yet perhaps the most interesting areas celebrate the day-to-day life at Christ’s Hospital for its many generations of pupils and staff. Where else at CH can you marvel at a perfectly preserved 1902 Nurse’s Kitchen, a “Lav End” or observe how the uniform and customs at the school have changed, yet equally some remain unchanged for over four and a half centuries?

If you’ve no idea what a “Beadle” did and you’ve never seen the “Punishment Bands” for Hertford girls, or indeed realised the devastating impact two World Wars had on CH in the 20th century or the harsh reality of life for pupils in the past….then you need to visit the Museum!

Our opening times are: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am – 4pm

View by prior arrangement: 247444; chmuseum@christs-hospital.org.uk

Christ’s Hospital in the 20th Century
29 April 2017 – 29 March 2018

The 20th Century saw dramatic change for Christ’s Hospital as it moved from its small London site of some 350 years to its current extensive grounds in Sussex. This exhibition explores the art, artefacts and stories behind the school, reflecting the huge social, economic and cultural changes that went on in this period.

While such a display cannot be considered a definitive guide to Christ’s Hospital in the 20th Century, it serves to highlight a modern take on the collections it holds. With so much history around us, and such rich collections, the last 100 years can easily be overlooked. The exhibition showcases recent acquisitions from this transformative era including fine art, social history, costume, photos, ephemera and personal artefacts reflecting the everyday life of pupils and staff.

While acknowledging the impact on Christ’s Hospital of two World Wars, the focus is more on the remarkable historic collections that illustrate the school’s key developments and on-going Old Blue achievements.

What was valued by the staff and pupils at Christ’s Hospital in the 1920’s? How were the school’s main events documented in the 1960’s? Why do we collect a loud hailer and which famous celebrities are associated with Christ’s Hospital in this century? The exhibition celebrates and commemorates the scope and diversity of a truly unique, and at times quirky collection, that boasts some 40,000 objects.

Christ’s Hospital in the 20th Century invites us to consider art works by two of the most significant Modern British artists of that era: Keith Vaughan (1912–77; pupil here 1921-29) and Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956; commissioned to paint the Chapel murals 1912-23) beside the work of lesser known artists Donald Towner (1903-85; art teacher here during WWII) and Nell Todd (1909-76; Head of Art here 1950-69). Equally accomplished drawings by Philip Youngman Carter (1904-69; pupil here 1916-21) of the First World War poet Edmund Blunden (1896-1974; pupil here 1909-14) make an insightful comparison with the battlefield pen and ink sketches by Second World War poet Keith Douglas (1920-44; pupil here 1931-38).
This exhibition offers a rare and intriguing opportunity to enjoy a range of objects across varied disciplines – what is often not seen and in storage – is revealed and not to be missed in this remarkable gathering!

Contact Christ’s Hospital Museum for more information:
chmuseum@christs-hospital.org.uk 01403 247444

Henfield Museum and Friends                                             


Friends of Henfield Museum

Tuesday 13th March 2018

Visit to Christ’s Hospital Museum , with a small fee (likely £5), leaving Henfield 12:15PM.

2018 on a date to be confirmed

Early afternoon visit to East Grinstead Museum.

Horsham Museum and Art Gallery


All work and no play

You wouldn’t expect to meet someone called Joan Scientist, Frederick Typewriter, or Pete Bricklayer, yet surnames such as Fletcher, Cook and Butcher seem perfectly normally. However, these are all the names of jobs that people did in the medieval period that have been adopted as surnames. Work is such a core part of many people’s lives and can be integral to a person’s identity and sense of self-worth. Yet All Work and No Play is the first time Horsham District Council’s Horsham Museum & Art Gallery has held an exhibition on the topic of work.

This fascinating and eye-opening exhibition reveals the wide variety of roles that Victorian women undertook in Horsham, ranging from baking to brick making and beyond. The exhibition also looks at apprenticeships, a topic that has been in the news recently. On display are some of the legal contracts that set out the agreement between master and apprentice, as well as William Hogarth’s biting morality tale of the apprentice gone bad. Hogarth’s tale was used by masters throughout Britain to keep their charges on the straight and narrow, and to instil personal and work discipline in young apprentices.

According to the architect of Royal and Sun Alliance insurance building, an “office should be a theatre for the occupants – a place where they have a chance to actually look good, feel good, dress up”. However, it is doubtful that he had considered those workers who wore the “stylish” uniforms on display in the exhibition, such as those worn by a postman, a nurse and a maid. Uniforms could also indicate the high status of the wearer, as exemplified by our portrait of Sir Cecil Hurst in his judicial robes. Other examples legal costume, such as barrister’s wigs, wig curlers and an 18th century wig hanger are also on display in All Work and No Play.

For many people today work is focused on the keyboard, yet its predecessor the typewriter is only 140 years old. A range of examples of this ingenious technology are on display in the exhibition, many of which were rescued from the scrapheap as businesses modernised. There are many unusual objects related to local trades, such as a table used to sell cakes on the Carfax, a saddlers stool, a tradesman’s bike, and the day book of an 18th century solicitor, as well as items relating to the town’s notable trades such as brickmaking, engineering and brewing.

Using a wealth of photographs, documents, objects, and paintings, this exhibition reveals the unusual, interesting and entertaining facets of all types of work.

All Work and No Play opens on Saturday 20 January and closes on 21 March, admission free. For more information see www.horshammuseum.org

Steyning Museum

“Childhood Past”

The exhibition looks at various aspects of Childhood within our catchment area including the Workhouse, Creative Activity, Posing for the Camera (some scary Victorian adults with their kids!) and a creation of a Toy Shop window display which includes Victorian Toy Theatres.

This exhibition will run until mid May 2018.

“The Big Draw”

Art work inspired by the museum during the national museum Big Draw Day.

This will run until late January/early February 2018.

Coming Soon!

“Pox and Pest”

The leper colony and the former Pest House in Newham Lane will be under investigation by the Exhibition Team.