Life of a chalkstream (Ticketed) FULL

Tuesday 19 July 2016
Talk begins at 6.30pm. Refreshments at 6pm.

The talk

Follow Simon Cooper in his year spent on the chalkstreams. Discover the very special geology of these gin-clear rivers that barely exists anywhere else in the world except southern England. Learn about the history of their evolution as well as the creatures and characters that inhabit the secret valleys. All wonderfully illustrated with award winning photography.

The speaker

For Simon Cooper, the English chalkstreams has been part of his life for nearly as long as he can recall. Even as a young child he was let loose to paddle, dam and wield his beach net in the local streams, graduating into his teenage years as an enthusiastic but easily distracted fisherman. Moving away first for university and then work was never part of his life plan, so after a few years he hatched a scheme that would take him back to where it all started and provide him with a living. In time he established himself as a proficient fly fishing guide and instructor, establishing the trust of the landowners who put their precious rivers into his care.

Participant information

All talks start at 6.30pm, last for about 1–1½ hours, with tea, coffee & cake available between 6pm-6.30pm in Crawley Hall.


£12 per person, £10 for Museum Friends, £5 for Weald & Downland Museum volunteers


To book call 01243 811021 or download our booking form here.