Uppark revealed (Ticketed)

Thursday 28 April 2016
Talk begins at 6.30pm. Refreshments at 6pm.

The talk

The fire which swept through Uppark, in South Harting, in August 1989 and the subsequent five-year restoration exposed much of the fabric of the house previously hidden from view. The fabric and the debris provided much new evidence for the original form of the house and its decoration and for changes made to it during its life. Minor ground disturbances also led to the discovery of evidence for the development of the gardens. This new archaeological evidence will be discussed, along with the documentary sources, in the context of a revised and more detailed account of the history of the house and gardens than has previously been available.

The speaker

Fred Alsworth is an archaeologist and heritage consultant, who has worked on several projects with the museum. He held responsibilities during the restoration of Uppark for salvage, survey, recording, research, and the preparation of reconstruction drawings and has recently published an article entitled ‘Uppark Revealed’ in Sussex Archaeological Collections, Volume 153 for 2015.

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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.