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
Due to a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are able to start recruiting for a Historic Properties Project Manager. This is a regional role which will work across all sites to help develop and implement many exciting … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.