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Welcome to our events for 2024 

'Living in Tudor and Stuart Sussex c1500 - 1700'

A conference organised by the Sussex School of Archaeology & History 

Saturday 12th October 2024

Kings Church Hall, Lewes

10am - 5.15pm

Join us in-person or online

An exploration of how people in the Tudor and Stuart periods made a living, what they wore, where they lived and worshipped, and how they were helped if they became very poor. The associated handbook will include a brief overview of key events such as the closure of the monasteries by Henry VIII, and the emergence of England as a Protestant nation, the attempt by Spain to invade England and the failure of the Spanish Armada, the English Civil War and Commonwealth, and the restoration of the Stuarts as monarchs. 

FREE parking for those attending the conference is available at Sackville House, Brooks Close, Lewes, BN7 2FZ

There is also a limited amount of parking available at Kings Church on a first come first served basis

Saturday 16th November 2024

"Malcolm Lyne Memorial Conference"

Dr Malcolm Lyne (1943-2023) was an exceptional scholar who made many major contributions to the archaeology of South-East England. Although he was foremost a Late Iron Age and Roman pottery expert, his research tasks also included researching and reporting work regarding coins and ‘small finds’, and the writing up of two old Sussex excavations undertaken by others (ie The Excavations at Pevensey Castle 1936-1964, and those at Lewes Priory).  Malcolm, who was a prolific publisher, will be much missed. It is intended to hold a Memorial Conference for Malcolm at Kings Church, Lewes, on Saturday 16th November 2024. Offers of papers, especially on topics that were of interest to, or involved Malcolm, are very welcome.

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About our courses and events

During the Covid pandemic and lockdown restrictions, we developed new online offerings to add to our previous ones, such as our popular face-to-face annual Sussex Archaeology Conference which remains the main county-wide event each year for the presentation and public discussion of recent archaeological research in Sussex. We also decided to expand our remit to cover aspects of History, especially the Local History of Sussex and the South-East - hence our new expanded name of The Sussex School of Archaeology and History (SSA&H) - and our new annual history conference at Lewes in October. Our reasons for such developments are firstly the widespread public appreciation of the likes of Zoom Online Technology, and the massive gaps in our region of the provision of local courses, events and conferences for those interested in archaeology and/or local history.  Our two main annual conferences are currently held at Kings Church Lewes (archaeology in March; history in October).  These are now available both face-to-face and online by zoom.  Attending in person at Lewes however has the advantage of meeting speakers, other networking, and being able to view stands and bookstalls run by various organisations in the region.

We are currently preparing our Spring 2024 programme of short online courses and lectures, as well as our March and October conferences.  We are also hoping to offer a Study Tour to Crete in 2025.  The lectures will now include those previously run by the University of Sussex Archaeological Society (USAS) which has been taken over by the Sussex School of Archaeology and History. 

For details of our courses and events, including the proposed tour to Crete,  please keep an eye on this website or email or join our Facebook site.

Dr David Rudling, FSA, MCIfA, Academic Director

The Sussex School of Archaeology and History



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