East Sussex local history event

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THE Great British Story: A People’s History event is taking place in East Sussex this Sunday (June 24th) giving visitors a unique opportunity to find out more about their own personal history as well as that of their local area.

The event, organised by BBC Learning in partnership with Sussex Past and the East Sussex Record Office, will be a celebration of local history, offering the public an opportunity to find out more about their local history from place names, landscapes and the origin of surnames.

The main venues for the day are Lewes Castle Garden and East Sussex Record Office, with expert talks and films at the All Saints Centre from 11am to 4pm. In addition the Westgate Chapel and The Tom Paine Printing Press are opening their doors for the day.

Visitors will have a chance to discover the hidden history of Lewes with free local history walks, talks, tours and activities.

They can delve into the past 1600 years and uncover stories of those who came before us with the help of history experts, take part in a project to capture the stories of Lewes streets and explore the origins of their surnames. The day includes a performance of choral works of Sussex from The Phoenix Cantata at 2.30pm in the Lewes Castle Garden.

Eleanor Gloster, BBC Learning Project Manager, said: “Lewes has such a rich and interesting past, that our problem was how to fit everything into one day.

“In the end we decided to focus on some of the lesser known aspects of Lewes’s past, so we are delighted to have Professor John Blair, from The Queen’s College, Oxford share his latest research and discoveries about Lewes before the foundation of King Alfred’s burh.”

The events and activities are all free but talks at the All Saints Centre are ticketed, as numbers are limited – so booking is essential. To apply for tickets and for full details go to: www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo