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:

michael.burt1911@btinternet.com

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: Michael.burt1911@btinternet.com 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 edstrct@gmail.com.

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 November 2018

Henfield History Group

Tuesday 13 November 2018

“Saxon Sussex” by Kevin Newman

Steyning History Society

Wednesday 14 November 2018

” Contrasting Sussex communities” by Geoffrey Mead

Horsham District Archaeology Group

Wednesday 14 November 2018

“Felday Iron Age hillfort and POW camp near Holmbury St Mary” by Dr Judie English

Rudgwick Preservation Society

Monday 19 November 2018

” The Great War- Changes and Service in Rudgwick 1911-1920s” by Roger Nash

West Grinstead Local History Group

Tuesday 20 November 2018

“Sussex Christmases in the past” by Dr Caroline Adams

Shipley Local History Society

Thursday 29 November 2018

AGM and Christmas entertainment with Gary Holder and his band of musicians and festive Fayre.

 


Topic: Collaborative Projects

Originator: Mike Burt

Posted by: Mike Burt

Date: 30 October 2018

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 fourth time on 21 September.

It agreed the synopses of the themes and sub-themes that will be used to draft the book, and the vast majority of the objects that will make up the total of 100, whittled down from the initial number of just under 170. Some changes were made to the titles of the themes which are now: Ancient heritage; Warfare; Religion and religious life; Politics and political unrest; Local Government and Justice; Education; Agricultural life; Industry; Retail trade; Domestic life; Play; Local services;  and Transport and Travel.

Drafting will now start and will be undertaken primarily by Jeremy Knight; I will act as editor. Horsham District Council resources are expected to be used for book design, printing and publication, and publicity and Horsham Photographic Society are being approached to help with photography. The project board meets again on 14 December primarily to review progress.

The project is still currently well on track to complete by end May next year following which the illustrated book will be published and a public exhibition held between July and September as part of the Horsham Year of Culture 2019 celebrations.

 


Topic: Exhibitions

Originator: Christ’s Hospital Museum

Posted by: Mike Burt

Date: 3 April 2018

 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


Topic: Exhibitions                                                    

Originator: Steyning Museum

Posted by: Mike Burt

Date: 24 November 2017

Special Exhibits

Coming Soon!

“Pox and Pest”

The leper colony and the former Pest House in Newham Lane will be under investigation by the Exhibition Team.


Topic: Exhibitions                                                                         

Originator: Horsham Museum and Art Gallery

Posted by: Mike Burt

Date:  2 April 2018

 

RA: 250

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

This event runs from 20th September 2018 to 17th November 2018


Topic: Temporary Exhibition

Originator: Alan Barwick, Henfield Museum

Posted by: Mike Burt

Date: 10 September 2018

 


Topic: Information request   

Originator: Mark  Scott

Posted by: Mike Burt

Date: 27 January 2018

Have you any stories about Wiggonholt Common?

The Heathlands Reunited team, at the South Downs National Park Authority, is looking for interesting stories about how our ancestors used the heathland, what life was like in the past and any events and happenings that took place there.

As well as Wiggonholt, the team is also focusing on Black Down, Woolbeding, Iping and Stedham, Lavington, Graffham and Shortheath.

If you have a story, from any era, or know where one can be found, please contact Mark Scott on 07780 991913 or at markscott4@hotmail.co.uk and he will feed back to the project for all the focus areas.