6.30pm to about 8pm (with tea/coffee and cake from 6pm)

The talk

On the 100th anniversary of Britain’s declaration of war, and making use of contemporary letters, diaries and memoirs, Dr John Godfrey will examine the extent to which attachment to the localities of Sussex and the South Downs played a role in motivating men to volunteer for service in the Royal Sussex Regiment during the First World War and in helping them to come to terms with the conditions which they encountered on the Western Front.

The speaker

John Godfrey is a historian who researches and writes on aspects of the social, landscape and military history of Sussex in the 19th and 20th Centuries. He has been a Trustee of the Museum for a number of years and is currently Vice-Chairman of the Executive Board. He is also Chairman of the Sussex Heritage Trust, Vice-Chairman of the South Downs Society and an elected member of the Council of the National Trust.


Pre-booking is essential. £12 per person, £10 for Museum Friends (please quote your membership number), £5 for Museum volunteers, to include refreshments. The talk ticket admits you to the museum site from 4pm. Book for 6 places at the same time and only pay for 5!

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits.  It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses.  The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.

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