East Dean: A Landscape History

Wednesday 4 July 2018


The Talk

Following a request from a local farmer, work began on discovering and writing the landscape history of the manor of East Dean, near Singleton. Aerial photographs (LiDAR) taken as part of the South Downs National Park’s Secrets of the High Woods project have been overlain on the detailed maps drawn up in 1597 and more recently. The written records have been extensively trawled and the memories of residents have been recorded. The talk will reveal the results of this work and outline how the techniques can be applied to the study of any other area.

The Speaker

Margaret Dean and James McInnes both worked extensively on the Secrets of the High Woods project. Margaret Dean is an amateur archaeologist with a farming background and a special interest in early farming land use and boundaries. She studied the field systems in the East Dean area for a dissertation towards a Master’s degree in applied landscape archaeology. James McInnes taught History and Archaeology for many years. He is particularly interested in ‘the plain country fellow’ and the functioning of smaller communities.

Fee and refreshments

£14 per person, £10 for Museum Annual Members; £5 for Weald & Downland Museum Volunteers. Book 5 places and get the 6th place free. To include tea, coffee and cake from 6pm. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.


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