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 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 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 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.

November 2018

Meeting and talk to be arranged

Saturday 1 December 2018

Visit to Worthing Museum and lunch at St Paul’s Café.

January 2019 

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 horshamarch@hotmail.co.uk or 01903 872309


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                                            





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


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 29th November 2018

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 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 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 20 November 2018

“Sussex Christmases in the past” by Dr Caroline Adams


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 -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:

chmuseum@christs-hospital.org.uk     01403 247444


Henfield Museum and Friends                                             

Friends of Henfield Museum

2018 on a date to be confirmed

Early afternoon visit to East Grinstead Museum.


Henfield Museum


Horsham Museum and Art Gallery


RA: 250

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.


Steyning Museum

Special Exhibits

“The Buncton Hoard”

August 10th – November 1st.

What was found near the little village of Buncton?

Also showing now

“Market Town” until November 1st

“Illustrative Delight” until November 1st

A look at some of the fabulous Victorian and Edwardian books held in the museum archives and seldom seen.

“Time Gentlemen, Please” – a look at Steyning`s four beer houses
September – November 1st as part of the Steyning Food and Drink Festival.

Coming Soon!

“Centenary” – a commemoration of the events of 1918, including the Armistice, Votes for Women and the birth of the RAF. From Nov 10th.