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 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 11 October 2018
Short AGM followed by “The Secret Shore” by Chris Hare
Thursday 8 November 2018
“Shoreham Fort” – a talk by one of the Fort volunteers
Thursday 13 December 2018
“Nuthurst’s VC” by Tony Turner
Thursday 10 January 2019
“Brighton Rock, Brighton Crime” by Geoff Mead
Thursday 14 February 2019
“My mum was a Land Girl” by Ian Everest
Thursday 14 March 2019
“Cast Iron Firebacks” by Jeremy Hodgkinson
Thursday 11 April 2019
“A virtual tour of Sussex Churches” by Kevin Gordon
Cowfold Village History Society
Meetings now take place in The Allmond Centre at 7:45pm for 8:00pm.
Everyone welcome. Members free and non-members £3 including refreshments.
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 11th September 2018
“Victorian Working Class Brighton” presented by Louise Peskett.
Tuesday 9th October 2018
“Scrap Book 1 Miscellany of Sussex History Anecdotes and Folklore” presented by Chris Horlock.
Tuesday 13th November 2018
“Saxon Sussex” presented by Kevin Newman.The story of the invaders who gave Sussex its name and the kingdom they built.
Tuesday 11th December 2018
“The Magic of Pantomime” presented by Ian Gledhill. Members only Christmas meeting.
Tuesday 8th January 2019
“Shepherds of the South Downs, their lives and times” presented by Ian Everest.
Tuesday 12th February 2019
“The Central Sussex Women’s Suffrage Society” presented by Frances Stenlake. A network of non-party, non-militant suffragists from across Sussex who campaigned for the vote, and who participated in the Brighton-London ‘Great Pilgrimage’ in July 1913.
Tuesday 12th March 2019
“Lost Ships Found-the adventure of maritime archeology” presented by
Ian Friel, who uses historical evidence to identify shipwrecks and tell their
Tuesday 9th April 2019
AGM followed by “30 Plus Years of Collecting Postcards” presented by Alan Barwick.
Horsham District Archaeology Group
The Group meets regularly to carry out research into the history of Horsham and the surrounding West Sussex/Surrey countryside. New members are always welcome, with or without archaeological experience.
Wednesday 12 September 2018
Saturday 13 October 2018
Lewes wide tour with Simon Stevens BA, MCIfa, Senior Archaeologist with Archaeology South-East, a division of UCL. Route of the tour to be decided but perhaps including a pub lunch.
Tuesday 16 October 2018
Janet will talk about her childhood memories and influences while growing up in an archaeological family headed by her father Eric Holden 1911-1989.
7:30 Tuesday 16th Oct. Beeson House, Southwater, RH13 9LA
All welcome, members free, non members £3. Light refreshments available. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01903 872309
Meeting and talk to be arranged
Saturday 1 December 2018
Visit to Worthing Museum and lunch at St Paul’s Café.
Members only meeting
Saturday 16 February 2019
Simon Stevens Day school ” Medieval towns and their development” at the Baptist Church, Brighton Road, Horsham 10am- 4pm
For further information on these events please contact email@example.com or 01903 872309
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
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 (Free for members and £2 entry for non-members).
Monday 19th November 2018
“The Great War, Changes and Service in Rudgwick, 1911-1920s” by Roger Nash
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.
23 August 2018 at 1.45pm
Visit to Parham House and Garden. Meet in Parham House car park. We will be guided by Lucy and other committee members. After a tour of the house we are free to take refreshments in the tea room and stroll around the beautiful gardens at leisure.
Cost: RHS members and those with Gardener’s World 2-for-1 cards (available in the May edition of Gardeners World magazine) pay £2.00 to upgrade a garden ticket to include the house. For those without concession cards the House and Garden ticket costs £11.00 (without Gift Aid), or £10.00 for Seniors. Please let Jean Wright know if you are coming by email at Shipley.firstname.lastname@example.org or 1403 741986.
Thursday October 11th
“Inn Signs in West Sussex” by Janet Pennington.
Thursday November 29th
AGM and Christmas entertainment with festive Fayre.
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 3 September 2018
“Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex” – an 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 12 September 2018
” Sussex Coastline and its role in history” by Mark Perry-Nash
Wednesday 10 October 2018
“History of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run” by David Ralph
Wednesday 14 November 2018
“Contrasting Sussex Communities” by Geoffrey Mead
Wednesday 12 December 2018
“Sussex Gravestones and Graveyards” by Kevin Gordon
Wednesday 9 January 2019
“Sir John Gage and Firle Place” by Helen Poole
Wednesday 13 February 2019
“The history of the Royal Observer Corps 1915-1945 both nationally and in Sussex” by Paul Norris and Paul Wakefield
Wednesday 13 March 2019
“Kipling’s Rottingdean years 1897- 1902” by Peter Crowhurst
Wednesday 10 April 2019
“Two Victorian Love Stories: Millais and Effie Gray, Parnell and Kitty O’Shea” by Ian and Mary Ivatt
Wednesday 8 May 2019
Annual General Meeting followed by “The Great Escape” by Sarah Green
West Grinstead Local History Group
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 unless otherwise stated. Members £3.50, non-members £5.00.
Tuesday 18 September 2018
“Newhaven fort” by Ian Everest
Tuesday 20 November 2018
“Sussex Christmases in the past” by Dr Caroline Adams
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; email@example.com
Christ’s Hospital in the 20th Century
29 April 2017 – 29 March 2018 -extended by popular demand until 29 March 2019.
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org 01403 247444
Henfield Museum and Friends
Friends of Henfield Museum
2018 on a date to be confirmed
Early afternoon visit to East Grinstead Museum.
100 years of Henfield Women & the Vote
The exhibition will open at 6.30pm on the 20th April when the Henfield Hall will be given over to an open evening for all the clubs and societies in the village. It will run until 24th August. The exhibition will include pieces on Elizabeth Robins of Backsettown who was very much involved with the campaign for the female vote, and Miss Decima Allen and Miss Ada Brown who set up and ran the successful the Violet Nurseries on Henfield Common in 1905 until it closed in 1953; they were what we would call today, feminists.
Horsham Museum and Art Gallery
This event runs from 18th June 2018 to 7th September 2018
A feast for the eyes of all knitters, crochet fans, yarn-bombers and crafters, our colourful summer exhibition explores the creative ways in which people, both past and present, have made use of yarn, thread and wool.
Calling all crafters! Whether you are an arm-knitter, a crochet wizard, scarf maker or felter, Horsham Museum & Art Gallery would love to see your woollen creations. Whether they are high-art or high comedy, we would love include photographs of work done by local people. We will be taking in a selection of pieces for the exhibition! Please send digital photos of yours, or your family’s creations to email@example.com by Friday 8th June if you would like to be included.
This event runs from 21st July 2018 to 6th October 2018
Our family-friendly summer exhibition will tell the story of Mary Shelley’s famous monster, a tale that still chills and entertains 200 years after its publication. Using fascinating items from the collections, excerpts from Shelley’s tale, and animatronic models, the Frankenstein exhibition should not be missed!
This event runs from 20th September 2018 to 17th November 2018
Art galleries and museums across the country are joining the Royal Academy to celebrate 250 years of making, debating and exhibiting art at the Royal Academy
Arts institutions across the country are joining the RA to take a look back at their history, and celebrate the artists and architects who have shaped the RA. Horsham Museum & Art Gallery is delighted to be a part of this celebration.
This exhibition at Horsham Museum & Art Gallery will explore the historic and at times uneasy relationship between the Royal Academy and the medium of watercolour, showcasing watercolour paintings by Royal Academicians past and present.
Watch this space for more information closer to the exhibition. Click here for more information on the RA250.
“Pox and Pest”
The leper colony and the former Pest House in Newham Lane will be under investigation by the Exhibition Team.