Wednesday 20 June 2012

The Great British Story in Lewes

Events are being held in Lewes this weekend as part of the BBC series The Great British Story.  

The series shows history through the eyes of ordinary folk and there has been four episodes so far covering early history through to the effects of the black death and there are four more episodes to come (but not scheduled as yet).  The four episodes shown so far are available on i-Player but not for much longer.
Lots of events are planned around the country and on the 24th June it is the turn of Lewes.

There are several walks organised (booking required - 01273 486290)

11.30 & 2pm - 'Sussex past' a guided walk unravelling Sussex streets
1pm & 3pm - 'Battle of Lewes' a short guided walk around the castle precincts
1pm & 3pm - 'Historical Lewes' - walking tour of Lewes

There are events planned at the East Sussex Record Office (book at the record office on the day) including:
Behind the scenes tours - each tour is 45 minutes and must be booked in advance - 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm
Conservation workshops - learn about conserving old documents and photos - each session is 40 minutes long and must be booked in advance - 11am, 12 midday, 1pm and 3pm

Further events at All Saints Centre
11.30 - 'Lewes before Lewes' talk by Professor John Blair (fully booked)
1pm - BBC Great British Story videos and films on Tom Paine, The Lewes Flood of 2000 and the Phoenix Ironworks (no booking required)
2pm - 'History of street names and twittens of Lewes' talk by Kim Clark (fully booked)

Also at Westgate Chapel
Find out the history of the 'secret library' - open 12.30 to 3pm
Opposite the chapel you can learn about the history of printing with demonstrations of the Thomas Paine printing press

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