Lewes Castle & Museum Improvements

Lewes Castle and museum will be closed on Monday 29th October due to improvements being made in Welcome Desk and Reception area. We apologise  for any inconvenience this may cause but look forward to welcoming you from our new desk … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorised on September 27, 2018

New Sussex Past 3D Museum Tours

The Society has been working with local firm 3D Media Solutions to capture Anne of Cleves House Museum & Gardens, Fishbourne Roman Palace Museum, Lewes Castle & Museum and Michelham Priory House  in 3D. Click on each of the property … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorised on August 14, 2018

New Headley Trust Viewing Platform is open!

Sir Barry Cunliffe opened the new Headley Trust Viewing Platform as part of Fishbourne Roman Palace’s 50th anniversary celebrations of the palace opening to the public on Saturday 30th June. The new platform generously funded by The Headley Trust is … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorised on July 3, 2018

Data Protection and Privacy

Under the  new European Data Protection  Regulations (GDPR), the Society has revised and updated its Privacy Policy and procedures to ensure we manage personal data in full compliance with the new regulations and to the most robust standards.  Please review … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorised on June 6, 2018

New Resources for Volunteers at Michelham Priory

The Gardens & Environment volunteering team at Michelham Priory has grown from just two members in 2014, to 18 this year. To support this dedicated team, which cares for the site’s eleven acres of gardens and grounds, the Sussex Archaeological … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorised on April 26, 2018

HLF funded Skills for the Future team in action!

The Society’s Skills For the Future (SFF) team funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund has been busy working on a number of archaeological reconstruction projects and historic landscape works over the past year. Watch a couple of these projects in … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorised on March 8, 2018

Fishbourne at 50

In 2018, Fishbourne Roman Palace will be celebrating its 50th anniversary as a museum open to the public. Over the last 50 years, the site has welcomed over 5 million visitors, and our dedicated staff team now cares for over … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorised on December 15, 2017

Garfield Weston Foundation supports Marlipins Museum

The Garfield Weston Foundation, one of the nation’s leading grant-making trusts, has recently supported the Society’s historic Marlipins Museum in Shoreham-by-Sea with a generous grant of £7,500. These funds will go towards the museum’s urgent roof repair project, which we … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorised on December 6, 2017

Restoring The Long Man of Wilmington

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The Long Man of Wilmington is now looking much more prominent from the road. This proud South Downs figure is now gleaming white having now received a fresh coat of paint and a trim.

Charlotte Allen, Heritage Landscape Assistant with East Sussex County Council and James Neal, Head Gardener at Michelham Priory, did an incredible job of organising a team to help to restore the Long Man to his former glory: volunteers came together from The Sussex Archaeological Society’s ‘Skills for the Future project’, Seven Sisters Park and Michelham Priory. Together they made the epic climb up the steep slopes armed with shears to trim the grass and paintbrushes to recoat the blocks that form the outline of this historic spot.

The Long Man is repainted every 4 years and this year paint and brushes for the project were generously donated by Brewers Decorator Centre in Eastbourne. The Long Man’s East Staff measures 2,768 inches and there was considerable debate over how much paint would be needed for the job! In the end it took up to 80 litres of paint to cover him. Volunteers were incredibly lucky with the weather on the two days of painting in September and October, as any rain prior to and during the job, would have caused problems for the paint drying. Indeed the volunteers were extremely lucky with the weather!

In addition to the Long Man of Wilmington having a facelift, The Sussex Archaeological Society’s CEO Tristan Bareham gave a follow up talk for volunteers and staff regarding the history of the Long Man. This took place on 3rd October at nearby Michelham Priory titled “Retracing the lines: Exploring the origins and understandings of the Long Man“. This was an open event and provided opportunities for people to ask questions about the Long Man. Attendees were granted free access to Michelham Priory’s House and Gardens for the day as a thank you.

Special thanks must go to Brewers for their kind donation to the project and to Michelham Priory, The Skills for the Future Project, East Sussex County Council, Seven Sisters Country Park and many other local volunteers from the local area for their help and support with this project.

The Society gratefully acknowledges the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and East Sussex County Council in funding its Skills for the Future programme.