Tindalls cottage interior

Our rural ancestors: place, people, past (Ticketed)

Thursday 18 August 2016
Talk begins at 6.30pm. Refreshments at 6pm.

The talk

Writer and historian, Gillian Tindall, has an established track-record writing about places and the people who lived in them. She is a descendant of the family who lived in Tindalls Cottage (now at the Museum). She will explore the geographical and social movements of her ancestors. From rural Georgian Sussex and their move out of their pre-industrial habitat to jobs elsewhere, becoming a coachman, in the case of her great-great grandfather, and thence to a different way of life in Hastings and the opening up of the Victorian period. This talk explores the history of nearly all of us.

The speaker

Gillian Tindall is well known for the quality of her writing and the meticulous nature of her research. She is a master of miniaturist history, making a particular person or situation stand for a much larger picture. She began her career as a prize-winning novelist and has continued to publish fiction, but she has also staked out a particular territory in idiosyncratic non-fiction that is brilliantly evocative of place. Her ‘The Fields Beneath: the history of one London village’, has rarely been out of print since; nor has ‘Celestine: voices from a French village’. Her newest book is published in September ‘The Tunnel through Time: A New Route for an Old London Journey’, follows the route through London taken by the coming Crossrail tube line and the different layers of history and memory through which it runs.

Participant information

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


£12 per person, £10 for Annual Members of the Museum, £5 for Weald & Downland Museum volunteers.


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