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Magical protection of historic buildings

10am-5pm The course A lecture-based day to find out more about how the elements of protection that were part of the fabric of historic buildings. These might be spiritual middens, the contents of which have been carefully analysed as well as exactly where they have been found in the building. These groupings of object might

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Christmas Corn Dollies

10am-4pm The course The workshop will impart the history and development of this ancient craft, as well as the practical skills involved in weaving corn dollies.  With the festive season in sight,  participants will have the opportunity to create a range of Christmas themed corn dollies or idols.  They will learn about the materials used,

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Ralph Ellis: a Sussex artist and the Great War

6.30pm-8pm The Talk Ralph Ellis was born in Arundel and lived in West Sussex for most of his life. He is best remembered as a renowned designer and painter of inn signs and also as a landscape artist, celebrating the glorious countryside of the South Downs.  Less well known is that like many of his

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Exploring English proverbs, idioms and sayings through the ages

6.30pm-8pm The Talk We live in an age of scientific and technological enlightenment and yet what shapes the discourse of our daily lives is often not modern insight alone, but ancient wisdom.  Everyday English conversation is peppered with sayings from folklore and history that have been passed from one generation to the next, often without

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A time and place, building stories out of the past

6.30pm-8pm The Talk A fascinating talk about taking inspiration from the past in the writing of new plays, including several that have been performed at the Weald and Downland Museum. Poisoned Beds grew out of the death of the Emsworth oyster industry, in parallel with the emancipation of female voters and World War I.  The

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John Ruskin and Rural Life: his prophetic vision and its relevance to our contemporary world

6.30pm-8pm The Talk John Ruskin lived from 1872 to 1900 at Brantwood, a house on a modest estate on the eastern shore of Lake Coniston in the Lake District. Here amongst his multifarious interests as an artist, art critic, geologist, social reformer, historian, philosopher and inspiring prophet he managed the estate according to principles which

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Pevsner, Nairn and Chichester: revising ‘The Buildings of England’

6.30pm-8pm The Talk The lecture deals with the Buildings of England project as a whole since its foundation by the art and architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner in the 1940s;  the two editions of Sussex/ West Sussex (1965 and 2019); and in particular the speaker’s part in the revision of the Chichester article, which was

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Popular science in early twentieth-century periodicals

6.30pm-8pm The Talk The popular science of the early years of the twentieth century has often been overlooked, sandwiched as those years are between the nineteenth century, in which science was less specialised and professionalised, and the post-war ‘boom’ in popular science following the verification of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity in 1919. However,

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‘Making 1917’. From the Battlefield to the Big Screen

6.30pm-8pm The Talk This presentation, illustrated with photographs taken on location, is a personal account of the making ‘1917 ‘from the view point of the Military and Historical Advisor who was on location throughout the filming. The Speaker Andrew Robertshaw, BA, MA, FSA is a military historian, author and broadcaster.  He was previously Director of

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Wildflower Meadows

6.30pm-8pm The Talk Alarmed at the rapid and devastating decline in flower rich meadows, Michael and Jane Joseph sowed their small paddock with native seed 30 years ago. At the time there was no internet or advice and so they learnt by trial and error. Initially it was a failure and a disappointment but now

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