1. How old is the Sussex Archaeological Society?
In 1846, a new railway line was being dug to the south of Lewes, when the remains of Lewes Priory were uncovered. This astonishing discovery led to the founding of the Society, which has been in existence ever since, making it one of the oldest archaeological societies in the world.
2. What does the Society do today?
We open six historic properties, their museums and collections to the public. We also care for The Long Man of Wilmington and Holtye Roman Road.
The Sussex Archaeological Collections journal is published annual with an array of archaeological and historic essays.
Regular events include guided walks, talks and conferences. New ideas are always welcome, and many of these events are run by members who wish to share their current research or simply their enthusiasm for a particular site.
3. How is the Society funded?
The Society receives no public funding and has to generate funds to cover all of its responsibilities and activities. Income is generated via admission fees, our cafés and shops as well as venue hire and membership subscriptions.
Grants and donations are vital to sustain The Sussex Archaeological Society. We are a registered charity (no. 207037) and company.
4. How is the Society Run?
The Society is governed by a Council of Trustees who are elected by our members, and run by a team of paid staff supported by many volunteers.
5. Membership of the Society
Membership currently stands at just under 3,000 and we are always happy to welcome new members. Different membership types are available to support different interests and circumstances – for example, the family membership options allow you to take all your children to any of our historic sites for free.
Please join us by becoming a member.
6. What happens when I become a member?
Members enjoy a range of benefits including free entry to six beautiful, historic sites and museums, unlimited use of the specialist library at Barbican House, Lewes; subscription to the informative magazine Sussex Past & Present, as well as the annual journal Sussex Archaeological Collections; and much more.
There is a strong sense of community among our members and we would welcome your active involvement. For more information please visit our Become a Member page.
7. Can I become a volunteer for the Society?
Absolutely – dedicated volunteers are a critical part of the Society’s success, and are always happy to welcome new people to the team.
Visit Volunteer to see examples of some of the duties volunteers are involved in, and the relevant contact information.
8. Can I hire one of your properties for my event?
Yes, we have a variety of flexible locations for events such as Weddings, Civil Ceremonies, Wakes, Birthdays and Corporate Events.
See Venue Hire for more information or contact the property directly.