Sussex U3A Network

Slp help

Here are resources and ideas for developing the SUN SLP 'Sussex Myths & Spirits':

Some suggested topics : knucker dragons, smuggling, bonfire societies, Geranium Jane, Bevis of Hampton, Sussex saints & the Sussex martyrs, pucks & pharisees, folklore, songs & music, authors inspired by Sussex, church paintings, local superstitions, the Amsterdam, ships named for Sussex towns, early palaeontology, unusual memorials, sussex militia, Sussex military records from WW1 & 2, local authors and inventors plus past celebrities.

Museums & Heritage Centres:

Eastbourne Heritage Centre
Cuckfield Museum
Ditchling Museum
Marlipins Museum, Shoreham
Fishbourne Palace
Bignor Roman Villa
Barbican Museum, Lewes
Hastings Museum

Websites:

- www.chi.ac.uk/fairytale for the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales & Fantasy
- www.southdowns.gov.uk for 'Folklore of the South Downs'
- www.sussexpast.co.uk for Sussex Archaeological Society (sites across the county)
- www.cuckfieldmuseum.org for early paleontology, WW1 & 2, loan boxes & speakers
- www.sussextalks.co.uk for talks and local walking tours by Kevin Gordon
- www.westsussex.gov.uk/ro for the West Sussex Record Office (county archives) in Chichester
- www.thekeep@eastsussex.gov.uk for the East Sussex county archives at the Keep, Brighton
- www.hmag.org.uk for Hastings Museum
-www.sfhg.org.uk for a long list of all Sussex historical groups with links

Eastbourne Heritage Centre welcomes locals using it's resources.They have various collections, plus their own library with documents, photos and archeological artefacts. The library is accessible via the East Sussex library service.
The East Sussex Library Service is based in Hailsham but can be accessed via local libraries. They have a Reference resource section for local studies, the Sussex Archeology collection, newspapers from 1862 via the British Newspapers Archive, parish registers, maps, press cuttings etc. Ebooks and magazines are also available. Their enquiry service is via escc.gov.uk
The West Sussex Library Service provides similiar resources via wscc.gov.uk

Possible Speakers:

The Turning Year of Sussex Customs by Dr Mick Lynn
Smuggling by Paul Ullson - does various talks in costume
Smuggling, Bonfire Societies, Sussex Saints, etc. by Kevin Gordon
Witches, Warlocks & Wellingtons by Dr Pennington