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September 2019

Annual Conference – Sussex 1635-1665 – The Impact of the Civil Wars and Interregnum

28 September 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Council House, North Street
Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1LQ United Kingdom
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We very much hope that you will join us for this event. Although the venue is larger than usual, we expect there to be a lot of interest and early booking is advised. Tea and coffee will be available from 9:30am. The conference beings at 10am.     PROGRAM OF EVENTS Introduction by Andrew Foster Andrew Foster is an ecclesiastical historian who has published widely on bishops, clergy, cathedrals, dioceses and parishes c.1540-1700.  Formerly Director of Research at the University…

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October 2019

Ahead of Her Time: An Illustrated Talk by Eileen Colwell

26 October 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Harriet Johnson Centre, Loose Lane
Sompting, West Sussex BN15 0BG United Kingdom
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At a meeting held in the very building where Harriet Johnson taught, local historian Eileen Colwell draws on national and local archives to illustrate the career of this remarkable teacher. Refreshments will be provided for after the talk. From 1897 to 1910, a small Sussex village achieved national acclaim (and some international recognition) because of the innovative teaching of Harriet Johnson, headteacher of Sompting School. While most Victorian schoolchildren sat silently at their desks, learning lessons by rote and being…

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November 2019

WSAS Workshop – The Landscape of Chichester

9 November 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
West Sussex Record Office, 3 Orchard Street
Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1DB United Kingdom
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THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED This workshop will explore each quadrant of the City of Chichester and look at the layout and buildings within the walls from the 16th to the 20th centuries.  Original documents will be used to explore the activities that took place there and to demonstrate why it looks like it does today. 10.00am – 10.30am Coffee 10.30am – 10.40am Introduction 10.40am – 11.15am The Lay-out of the City and the Walls 11.15am – 11.45am Shops…

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December 2019

WSAS Christmas Get-Together

7 December 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
West Sussex Record Office, 3 Orchard Street
Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1DB United Kingdom
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For WSAS members and their guests To be held at the West Sussex Record Office from 10:30am to 12:30pm. The event is free but we need to know numbers so please complete a booking form.  Places are limited so early application is advised. Mince pies, coffee, wine, a look at recently acquired documents, short talks on West Sussex history and a chance to ask those questions you have been itching to ask the County Archivist, Wendy Walker. Talks: During the…

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February 2020

Escape and Evasion: French Napoleonic Prisoners of War in Hampshire

15 February 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 4:15 pm
St Boltoph’s Church Room, Lansdowne Road
Worthing, West Sussex BN11 4LY United Kingdom
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During the Napoleonic Wars many thousands of French prisoners of war were held in Hampshire, on board the hulks in Portsmouth harbour, at Portchester Castle and Forton prisons, and in the parole depots such as Odiham and Alresford. But not all prisoners were content to wait for either exchange or the wars to end and escapes were planned and attempted. We are familiar with the escape stories from World War Two but these from two hundred years ago are just…

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March 2020

AGM at Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre

28 March 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

As a result of the government's latest guidelines, it has been decided to cancel the WSAS AGM on Saturday 28th March 2020. The next AGM will be held on 27th March 2021.    

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April 2020

Stirring Times – West Sussex 1800 – 1850

18 April 2020 @ 10:00 am
West Sussex Record Office, 3 Orchard Street
Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1DB United Kingdom
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Due to the UK lockdown, this event has been cancelled. If you have already booked to attend this talk, you will be contacted and issued with a refund.

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May 2020

Safety at Sea: The History of Beachy Head Lighthouse & The History of Selsey Lifeboat Station

3 May 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
West Sussex Record Office, 3 Orchard Street
Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1DB United Kingdom
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Due to the UK lockdown, this event has been cancelled. If you have already booked to attend this talk, you will be contacted and issued with a refund.

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February 2021

Online Presentation: An Illustrated Walk Around Old Steyning Town

20 February @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Zoom

This online presentation will be presented by Dr Janet Pennington via Zoom. Taking part is free and appearing on video is optional. You can log in from 1:50pm and Janet will begin her talk at 2pm. If you already have Zoom and are comfortable with using it, all you’ll need is the meeting ID and passcode below: Meeting ID: 844 7646 2507 Passcode: 260705 If you’re new to Zoom, you can find instructions on how to join our meeting by clicking here: how…

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March 2021

Annual General Meeting 2021

27 March @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Zoom

This year our 47th Annual General Meeting will be taking place via Zoom at 2pm on Saturday 27th March 2021. The meeting will start at 2pm with a talk by Elizabeth Wiliamson "In the Footsteps of Nairn and Pevsner: The Buildings of Sussex: West". Elizabeth was editor of the West Sussex volume (2019) and an Executive Editor of the Victoria County History. To receive the meeting details and accompanying documents, please email us: contact@wsas.co.uk    

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