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April 28, 2018
The aim of this day is to give a broad overview of the changing relationship between the Sussex landscape and the people who lived here from the earliest times through to the 20th century. Where possible, speakers will choose key themes for which there is still some evidence in our landscape. The emphasis will be on how new ideas resulted in significant changes in the use of our landscape.
Roman and Saxon governance, settlement and land use were very different from each other, but it was not until the medieval period that the rural landscape of Sussex took on an appearance we would recognise today, with the development of larger farms enabling their owners or tenants to play a significant role in the life of parishes. The dissolution of the monasteries and the rise of large country estates and market towns during the 16th & 17th centuries had a significant impact on the landscape, while the wars and revolutions of the late 18th & early 19th centuries kept people from travelling abroad and so encouraged the development of our coastal resorts. The late 19th century saw increased movement from towns into the countryside, aided by trains, cars, buses and bikes, and this had a great impact on rural society.
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October 20, 2018
Our 2018 autumn conference explores the Iron Age through its artefacts. Some of these are studied as “Celtic Art” – the range of metalwork bearing beautiful decorative devices, the swirls, spirals and other motifs contributing to La Tène aesthetic. Design (as in decoration, form, or manufacture) and Destiny (practical purposes, signals of identity, wear, tear and repair, and finally loss or deliberate deposition) tell us today something of the User and their status, the Makers and their skills, and the extended lifetimes of heirloom objects or utilitarian products.
Even within the British Iron Age, Celtic Art and decorative non-metal artefacts have several centuries of use, and changing fashions are in evidence. How were items worn? Are textiles preserved? New research has plumbed deeper depths into the possibilities of symbols and their meanings, the hidden faces, the sun and moon, the red colours, the swirls and cross-hatching, and the use of exotic components such as coral or glass. Utilitarian items inform us about potting techniques, food residues and wheeled transport. What systems of exchange or tribute, both social and sacred, bring items to their final place of preservation and recovery? How was coinage “used” when it appeared in Gaul and Britain?
Our speakers will bring varied perspectives on artefact research to enlarge our understanding of social influences and the economics of trade and exchange in this period as Britain was influenced by the events and upheavals from pre-Roman Gaul and the Roman invasion of Northern Europe.