Clothing in Seventeen-Century Provincial England

6.30pm-8pm The Talk This talk will draw on Danae’s forthcoming book, Clothing in Seventeenth-Century Provincial England (Bloomsbury, September 2019), which focuses on the clothing of men, women and children living in Sussex. It will explore the ways in which cloth and clothing were being produced, distributed and acquired and how much choice men and women

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Spaddles & Sorbets: A history of ice cream

6.30pm-8pm The Talk From delicate dessert tables, to processed wafer cones, ices have been part of the British diet for over 400 years. Yet our modern versions pale compared to the glories of the past. Made with the most basic of equipment, but moulded in ever more intricate ways, and flavoured with combinations we’d not

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The Minstrel’s Progress

6.30pm-8pm The Talk Paul Baker takes us on a giddy excursion across the musical landscape of Elizabethan England. Wearing gentleman’s clothes scandalously above his station, and wielding an impressive array of authentic instruments, he takes us from the Court to the Tavern to the Town Hall to the Barber’s Shop, playing and singing the latest

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The landscape of Sussex in the Tudor period

6.30pm-8pm The Talk Perhaps the most obvious feature of the early modern Sussex landscape, at least to 21st century eyes, is the proliferation of country houses built – from Stansted and Cowdray in the west to Ashburnham and Brede Place in the east, these great houses certainly made their mark on the landscape. But the

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A window on the past: Festivals, processions and celebrations in late medieval Renaissance

6.30pm-8pm The Talk The art of the late Middle Ages can give us a vivid picture of life at that time, which is depicted with increasing realism as we move into the Renaissance period. The paintings also recreate the atmosphere of the popular festivals, religious processions and mystery plays that were regular events in the

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The Women’s Land Army: The Battle of the Fields

6.30pm-8pm The Talk The work of The Women’s Land Army is something of a forgotten history. Yet, the work these women did on the land often in terrible conditions was vital to the success of the war effort. They played a crucial part in increasing levels of productivity from the land in both World Wars.

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The Swing Riots in West Sussex

6.30pm-8pm The Talk The name Swing Riots is taken from the sending of anonymous letters, as in the earlier Luddite riots in the north of England. There, letters were often signed by a mythical ‘Ned Ludd’. Likewise some Swing Riot letters are signed by the mythical ‘Captain Swing’. However, although there are some similarities the

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Heritage and Housing

2pm-3.30pm The Talk Providing enough houses for people to live in is one of the great issues affecting England today. It is an issue for people looking to buy new homes and settle into new areas, but also one for those wanting to protect the distinctiveness of their historic towns and villages. Most new house

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Fairies – Traditional – and Modern

2pm-3.30pm The Talk Medieval fairies are not the tiny, winged creatures of the Victorian imagination nor of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Rather they are irresistibly beautiful – and highly dangerous. They live alongside our world, within a strangely warped time and space, and their dealings with humans can be both tricksy and strangely rule-bound. In

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Wilding – the return of nature to a British farm

6.30pm-8pm The Talk This talk will tell the amazing story of a daring wildlife experiment: the rewilding of Knepp Estate in West Sussex where Isabella lives with her husband, the environmentalist Charlie Burrell. After decades of intensive farming, their 3,500 acres are now home to critically endangered nightingales, turtle doves and purple emperor butterflies, as

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