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June 23, 2018

After lunch you are invited to join us at 2.30pm at Barbican House for an introduction to the
Photographic Record and Survey of Sussex project, a collaboration between the Society and the Cultural Informatics Research Group (CIRG) at Brighton University (see article on pp 4-5). This illustrated talk, which will run for about an hour, will be an opportunity to learn more about the project and also to view some of the images that make up this significant archive.

This event is free to members, but we do ask that you book so that we have an idea of numbers.

Start: June 23, 2018 2:30 am
End: June 23, 2018 3:30 pm

The Society’s AGM will take place this year in the Lecture Room at Lewes Town Hall Fisher Street entrance). Coffee will be available from 10am and the AGM starts at 10.30am. All AGM papers will be uploaded to the members’ area of the website in
advance of the meeting (please contact members@sussexpast.co.uk if you need a reminder of the log in details) and paper copies will be distributed on the day.
The AGM is free to members, but it does help if you to book in advance so we know how many to expect.

Start: June 23, 2018 10:30 am
End: June 23, 2018 12:30 pm

Post-AGM talk by Prof Martin Bell, who has been nominated to take over as President of the Society at the AGM on the retirement of Caroline Wells. This lecture will take a critical look at the evidence for early patterns of movement on the Downs and in the Weald. It will consider to what extent the Ridgeways such as the South Downs Way served as prehistoric routes. It will be argued that there is actually rather better evidence for the early origins of routes at right angles to the escarpments, marked in places by hollow ways, these connected contrasting environmental zones and topographies. The significance of some of these routes was recognised by pioneering Sussex Archaeologists such as the Curwen’s in the first two decades of the twentieth century but solid empirical investigation of early routeways was then eclipsed by the spurious ideas of Alfred Watkins Old Straight Track in 1925. The lecture is based on a case study from a forthcoming book Making ones Way in the World. 

Start: June 23, 2018 4:00 pm
End: June 23, 2018 5:00 pm