Tuesday 15th March, 7.30pm

James Brown, National Trust Archaeologist for London and the South East region

The National Trust in Sussex – A review and a beginning.

Following time spent within the commercial archaeology sector at Northamptonshire Archaeology and a brief return to academia to complete a Masters in Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton, James has spent the last 10 years plus working within protected landscapes, first within the New Forest National Park Authority and more recently the National Trust. During these years James has managed and led a number of NHLF heritage-focused projects on coasts, WWII, industry and large scale community engagement using the landscape to inspire and engage. Additionally a period working within a planning authority has meant time spent protecting heritage and special places, but also working with partners and audiences to help build communities, improve wellbeing, contribute to local identity and encourage resilience in response to the challenges of climate and social change. James continues to maintain his interest and background in heathland, coastal and woodland archaeology, but now with a responsibility for National Trust assets within Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey he has discovered the delights of chalk!

James will start his talk with a short review of National Trust and partner-led projects across Sussex that have taken place over the last year, before focusing on the Changing Chalk Landscape Partnership Scheme that will be commencing in April 2022.

Changing Chalk is a partnership connecting nature, people and heritage on and around the South Downs. Led by the National Trust and supported by a £2.23m National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, it will restore lost landscapes and habitats, bring history and local cultures to life and provide new experiences in the outdoors. The partnership consists of 10 core partners delivering eighteen different projects over the next 4 years. As part of the core development team James has worked to embed a heritage understanding within all projects and has been responsible for developing a number of heritage-focused projects that seek to address the declining condition of our downland heritage. The success of the partnership and projects will need the engagement and support of The Sussex Archaeology Society, so as well as introducing and launching Changing Chalk there will be ample time for questions and discussion on how the Society and Trust can work closely and develop mutual benefit for our local heritage and wider ambitions over the coming years.

The talk is online, starting at 7.30pm, and will be introduced and chaired by Dr Matt Pope, Vice Chair of The Sussex Archaeological Society. Tickets are free for members of the Society and just £5 for non-members.

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