Tuesday 26 November 8 pm The Phil Lucas and James Rawlings Memorial Lecture: Peter Brandon: a landscape legacy – Prof. Brian Short We are delighted to welcome Prof. Brian Short who worked, studied and published with Dr Brandon over many years. Dr Brandon is greatly missed by students, work colleagues, friends and the DPHS. A unique opportunity to remember a wonderful man and past president of our society.Members free, visitors £4
On the 29 October the DPHS Research Group reported back on their research project about the influence of the feared invasion of England by Napoleon. Anne Drewery discussed a possible invasion route via Newhaven, Lewes, Danehill to London and the plans to thwart the enemy were discussed. We were given insights into the complicated business of setting up an army camp on Ashdown Forest to cater for thousands of soldiers by Gerry Crawshaw. Sue Ray and Jennie Marten told us of the hardship of local people who were expected to be ready to fight, provide themselves with uniforms and provide food and shelter for military personnel during a period of unprecedented economic difficulty. The economic difficulty was caused by years of terrible weather, brought on by extreme volcanic activity, making transport and even keeping warm difficult and causing near famine through poor harvests. Through the letters of Maria Josepha Holroyd of Sheffield Place we learned about the almost carnival atmosphere that the well-off in particular enjoyed visiting army camps and parades. Sonia Harriyot, through gravestones in Fletching churchyard, gave us insights into the lives of some local men of the time. All in all an excellent team effort
Danehill Parish Historical Society was founded in 1972 with our first president being Dame Margery Corbett Ashby DBE (pictured in 1923).
The objectives of the society are to promote interest in, and the study of local history in particular, or any other historical matter of interest, bringing together local residents or other people to share and enjoy a range of social and informal activities.
The Society is a member of:-
British Association for Local History
Friends of The East Sussex Record Office
The Sussex Archaeological Society
Danehill Recruits who joined the Royal Sussex Regiment, 1914