Message from the Editor

Welcome to the Horsham District Heritage Forum Message Board.

This is an area where members can post notices and messages that they think will be of interest to other organisations in the forum.

They can be notices of upcoming events, suggestions for forum-wide collaborative projects or requests for help on existing or planned projects within your own society/group.

All you need to do is to email Mike Burt at:

with the notice/message, together with any images, so that they can be uploaded to the site.

Topic: Forum Publications page

Originator: Mike Burt

Posted by: Mike Burt

Date: 22 February 2018

A Publications page has now been added to the Forum web pages. This enables Forum members to post details of books or other published material that have been produced, for the information and benefit of other members. Where appropriate details are provided of the cost of the book or other publication and from where this can be purchased. At the moment the page carries publications by  the Cowfold Village History Society,  the Rudgwick Preservation Society, the Rusper History Group, the Steyning History Society, the Southwater Local History Group and the Bramber and Beeding Local History Society.

Please send me by e-mail at: any publications that you would like to advertise on the Publications page including a narrative about the subject of the publication, and where relevant, the cost  and from where the publication can be obtained.

Topic: New Forum member

Originator: Mike Burt

Posted by: Mike Burt

Date: 22 March 2018

I am delighted to welcome Thakeham History Group  as the newest member of the Forum. The contact is Roger Taylor at

The Forum’s membership now stands at 21 organisations and covers most of the Horsham District geographical area and most of its heritage interests.

Topic: Upcoming Talks and Events for May 2019

Parham House and Gardens

Wednesday 22 May to Sunday 2 June

Needlework  on display

Tuesday 28 May

Embroidery Masterclass with Chrissie Juno Mann

West Grinstead Local History Group

Tuesday 28 May

“The geology of Sussex” by David Bone

Topic: Special talk

Thakeham History Group


Monday 3 June: 7.00pm at Thakeham Village Hall (Cheswood Room) 1 Abingworth Crescent, RH20 3GW

Free but tickets must be booked through Eventbrite at

William Penn was an activist, political theorist, and the proprietor of his own American colony.
(Pennsylvania was granted on 4 March 1681 by Charles II.) Penn would become a household name in the New World, despite spending just four years on American soil. Controversy swirled around him during his lifetime. In his early twenties, Penn became a Quaker – an act of religious as well as political rebellion. He went on to a prominent public career as a Quaker spokesman, political agitator, and royal courtier. At the height of his influence, Penn was one of the best-known Dissenters in England and walked the halls of power as a close ally of King James II. At his lowest point, he found himself jailed on suspicion of treason, and later served time in debtor’s prison.

William Penn is forever linked to Thakeham Parish. He lived in Warminghurst and helped found the Blue Idol meeting house. The Penn Stone is located in the Abingworth Development: Penn Stone Way!

This is a unique opportunity to hear Andrew R. Murphy, Professor of Political Science, Rutgers
University, who has written the first major biography of Penn in more than forty years, and the first to make full use of Penn’s private papers.



Topic: Non-Member talk                                                    



Friends of Horsham Museum

12 June 2019 at 7.30pm in the Wesley Hall, London Road, Horsham

Speaker from the Mary Rose Trust . He will be in costume and will bring some artefacts to see up close.

The cost is £5 on the door.


Topic: Collaborative Projects

Originator: Mike Burt

Posted by: Mike Burt

Date: 16 March 2109

Horsham Year of Culture 2019- “Horsham District Heritage in 100 objects”

The project board comprising: Jeremy Knight, Laura Kidner (Chris’s Hospital Museum); Roger Nash (Rudgwick Preservation Society), Claire Searle (Shipley History Society); Robert Gordon (Friends of Henfield Museum); and me, met for the sixth time on 15 March 2019.

It reviewed progress on drafting the 100 objects book, nine chapters of which have been drafted and edited leaving another four to go. It was agreed to spend more time on editing and polishing the text and ensuring high quality photographs are available for the selected heritage objects. It was also agreed that the book launch, at an iconic District location, would be best scheduled for September this year in order to have it available in the runup to Christmas.

This is therefore a change to the original project plan but will ensure the best possible book. A major exhibition is scheduled at Horsham Museum between July and October at which the book will be advertised for pre-publication expressions of interest.


Topic: Exhibitions

Originator: Christ’s Hospital Museum

Posted by: Mike Burt

Date: 6 May 2019



Current Exhibition at Christ’s Hospital  Museum: Brangwyn’s Cartoons at Christ’s Hospital

23 April 2019 – 27 April 2020

This ground-breaking exhibition is the culmination of Horsham District Council’s Year of Culture 2019 project to restore seven beautiful cartoon drawings for the mural cycle in Christ’s Hospital Chapel.
Brangwyn’s Cartoons at Christ’s Hospital also feature on Horsham District Council’s Year of Culture Events webpage:


Cartoon Drawing for CH Chapel Mural 1, c.1912-1923. Chalk on paper

Brangwyn Tour & Talk

To book a Brangwyn Tour & Talk visit:

Alternatively email:

Or call 01403 247444.

Booking is essential as places are strictly limited.

Christ’s Hospital Verrio Tours

Tours of the school, known as Verrio Tours after the famous painting in Dining Hall by Antonio Verrio, are offered to visitors to the school by prior appointment. Tours are guided by pupils, and provide a chance to look at the wonderful paintings, buildings and grounds as well as visiting the museum for a talk and a look at the permanent exhibition. A full afternoon tea is provided in the magnificent Dining Hall.

How To Book:

All tours need to be pre-booked and we welcome groups of
up to 30. If you are a smaller group or individual we can
combine you with other groups.
* Please note that Band Parade and the pupils marching into
lunch does not occur if it is wet or icy and we apologise for
any disappointment this may cause.

Contact Us
For further information or to book a tour please contact our
Verrio Tour Team.
Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 0LJ
T: 01403 247407

Topic: Conferences

Originator: Janet Pennington

Posted by: Mike Burt

Date: 12 March 2019


Topic: Exhibitions

Originator: Henfield Museum

Posted by: Mike Burt

Date: 26 January 2019










Topic: Exhibitions                                                                         

Originator: Horsham Museum and Art Gallery

Posted by: Mike Burt

Date: 23 November 2018

The Written Word: a Literary Life of Horsham District

Shelley, Conan Doyle, Belloc, Hornung, Brown, Pope, Lintott – this area of West Sussex has proved to be birthplace, host and inspiration (as well as tomb) of many writers spanning the last 400 years. This exhibition tells the brief stories of these and many others, illustrated with examples of their work to celebrate the literature of the district along with objects and photographs to provide a sense of place. Look out in your local Horsham district library for displays about Horsham writers produced in conjunction with Horsham Writers Circle.

This event runs from 30th March 2019 to 22nd June 2019

Accents on the Landscape – Ancient Churches of West Sussex by Gordon Rushmer

Gordon described this exhibition as: “A painter’s rural rides in search of the hidden delights and details”. After 18 months of cycling across West Sussex capturing the essence of the ancient churches that populate the Sussex countryside, Gordon has created an artistic monument and record. Harking back 200 years when, in search of the picturesque, artists would tour the countryside recording and illustrating unknown churches, Gordon has achieved the same for the 21st century, creating ethereal, romantic, highly detailed but also majestic watercolours of churches hidden in plain sight, buildings that require the artist eye of Gordon Rushmer to uncover them in all their glory.

This event runs from 30th March 2019 to 1st June 2019

Horsham District Captured by Light: A Photographic Record of the District’s Cultural Life in 2018

With Horsham Photographic Society and Steyning Camera Club.

Working together for the first time, these two organisations have photographed amazing and beautiful scenes of the culture and place that makes Horsham district what it is. Starting on 1 January 2018 they have spent 11 months capturing the essence that makes the district. Each photograph is an individual’s response to that inspiration; cumulatively the photographs on show awaken the sense and awareness of what an amazing place Horsham District is. You will not take the district for granted again.

This event runs from 6th April 2019 to 6th July 2019

Adventures in Art – 90 Years of Changing Tastes

Founded in Horsham by Mr J T McGaw in 1928, this exhibition for the first time traces the history of the Association through the art of former members, alongside outstanding work by its current leading members.

Over those 90 years, the art world has changed with new movements shocking the establishment, only to become the establishment itself. This exhibition reveals how the artists residing in Sussex who were members of this leading County Association reacted to the changes.

This event runs from 8th June 2019 to 20th July 2019

A Garden of Botanical Art: Celebrating Original Works by Horsham District’s Leading Botanical Artists

For summer 2019 the Museum is bringing the garden indoors as it celebrates the artistic talents of some of this country’s leading botanical artist. All of the nine artist live and work in the district, but their art has in some cases travelled the globe, finding root in world famous collections.

Botanical art is part of the DNA of the garden as the art form that becomes science as exact colour rendition and description enabled the flora of the world to inspire and excite professional nurserymen, so populate the garden. Now that flora is inspiring a new generation of botanical artists to create a stunning visual record of the fleeting beauty of the plant.

This event runs from 6th July 2019 to 31st August 2019