Heritage Forum members’ programmes

Events/meetings organised by members of the Forum 2021 and 2022

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, High Street, Upper Beeding, BN44 3WN, on the first Wednesday of the month.

Non-members are welcome for a £3 entrance fee.



Billingshurst Local History Society

Meetings are held at the Billingshurst Community Centre at 7.30 pm. Everyone welcome. Visitors £5 Annual sub £20.

13th January 2022: a film about “The restoration of the Blue Idol”

10th February 2022: “Shepherds of the South Downs, their lives and times” by Ian Everest

10th March 2022: “Traditional Sussex food” by Michelle King

14th April 2022: “The history of Shippams of Chichester” by Nicola Court

These meetings are expected to be face to face rather than via Zoom

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 £3.50 including refreshments.

These meetings are hoped to be face to face rather than via Zoom

18th February 2022: “An illustrated walk around Old Steyning” by Dr Janet Pennington

20th May 2022: AGM followed by “Show and Tell” of personal treasures

16th September 2022: “A Sussex scrapbook No 1” by Christopher Horlock

21st October 2022: “Veteran Car Run since the first one in 1896” by David Ralph


Henfield History Group

As from Tuesday 14th September 2021 we have a new venue. Meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of the month at 8pm (doors open from 7:40pm) in The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 9EQ. Admission £3 for Non-Members.

Enquiries to Maureen Fletcher, Tel. 01273-492194.

11th January 2022: ‘Literary Sussex’ presented by Kevin Newman

8th February 2022: ‘History of the Tower of London, Beefeaters, Ghosts and
the Tower during the Blitz’ presented by Alan Kingshott

8th March 2022: ‘Steyning Scandals’ presented by Dr. Janet Pennington

12th April 2022:  AGM – talk TBA


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. All talks start at 7.30 pm and are at the Brighton Road Baptist church, Horsham RH13 5BD. Non-members £3.

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.



All events start at 7.30 pm at St Andrew’s School Hall, Nuthurst RH13 6LH. Free entry to members – £3 on the door to non-members Contact the Secretary Nick Cowley at:nuthursthistsoc@gmail.com. Tel: 01403 891266 or the Speaker Secretary Derek Bradnum at derekbradnum@aol.com Tel: 01403 891181



Parham House and  Gardens  

Parham House and Gardens is now closed for the winter.




Rudgwick Preservation Society

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

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

25th November 2021: “Wellies, Wetlands and Water Voles” by Jane Reeve.

Rusper Chronicle




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.

17th February 2022: “Shepherds of the South Downs” by Ian Everest

28th April 2022: “Percy Bysshe Shelley” by Kathryn Attwood and Carol Hayton

23rd June 2022: Summer Social at Green Gates

8th September 2022: A private tour of the Nutbourne Vineyard

October: Talk to be announced

1st December 2022: AGM


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.


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 Coombe Court, 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.





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.


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!

Christ’s Hospital Heritage events are postponed until further notice

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

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



Horsham Museum and Art Gallery

The museum is now open on Thursday to Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm




Steyning Museum