Petworth Park’s hidden past (Ticketed) FULL

Thursday 04 August 2016
Talk begins at 6.30pm. Refreshments at 6pm.

The talk

Petworth Park appears timeless and natural, but nothing could be further from the truth. Beneath Capability Brown’s manicured landscape, created in the 1750s, lie the traces of hundreds of years of historical change, development and expansion. National Trust Archaeologist Tom Dommett will show how recent archaeological survey and community excavation has helped to reveal aspects of this hidden history, from forgotten Tudor hunting lodges to deserted medieval villages and demolished monumental stables, a story of changing fashions and fortunes.

The speaker

Tom Dommett is the Regional Archaeologist for the National Trust in West Sussex and the South Downs, working on archaeological surveys and community archaeology projects across a number of properties with sites ranging in date from Early Prehistory to the Second World War and everything in between.

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.