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.

Members’ events and programmes

Urgent: As requested in the last newsletter, I would be grateful if members, who have not already done so, would notify me of updates to their programmes for  2022 so that I can add these to the members’ meeting programmes.

Please see the Members’ programme’s page for the current list of talks and events for 2022


Zoom talks during the coronavirus restrictions

Dr Janet Pennington has developed a number of zoom presentations and talks on a range of subjects that are available to member organisations as follows:

  • Chanctonbury Ring: the story of a Sussex landmark
  • Sir Thomas Sherley [c.1542-1612] of Wiston House, Sussex
  • The Women of Wiston House
  • The Wiston Estate: a thousand years of history
  • Wiston House and the English Civil War, 1642-1649
  • An Illustrated Walk around old Steyning
  • Steyning Scandals: secrets of a Sussex town, 1547-1947
  • The Pubs and Breweries of Steyning
  • A History of the Adur Valley
  • Salt of the Earth: the salt industry of the Adur valley
  • Lancing College and its local history
  • Sussex Inn Signs and their History
  • English Inn Signs: their local and regional significance
  • Cakes & Ale: ‘A Full English’ in your 17thC local?
  • Travel in the Past: the problems & pleasures of the journey
  • Sidesaddle Travels in England with Celia Fiennes [1690s]
  • Shops and Shopping: the small shop through the ages
  • Witches, Warlocks & Wellingtons: the ritual protection of
    the home
  • On Your Feet: boots and shoes in history
  • An Archaeological Childhood in Sussex
  • Sussex Chairs: how East Sussex influenced William Morris
  • Walter Gibraltar: from Sussex to the Bishop’s Palace, Malta


Janet is happy to do talks at short notice. Please contact her on:

T: 01903 417848 or 07703 133952




Parham House and Gardens

The House and Gardens are now closed for the winter.


Forum Publications page

The Publications page 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, the Bramber and Beeding Local History Society, and Nuthurst 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.


Henfield Museum: new website

Henfield Museum has very recently launched a new website which can be accessed via this link:

The excellent website has a wealth of information about the history and heritage of the village including on notable past residents such as Henry Bishopp, a 17th Century Postmaster General and inventor of the postmark, William Borrer, one of the most noted botanists of the first half od the 19th Cebtury, and Elizabeth Robins, actress, writer, suffragist and feminist.



Exhibitions and tours


Christ’s Hospital Verrio Tours

Christ’s Hospital Heritage events have been postponed until further notice

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



Horsham Museum exhibitions                                                                        





Horsham Museum is now open Thursday to Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm