Sussex U3A Network

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The SUN SLP 'Sussex Myths & Spirit', will be held at Sussex University on 12/13th July 2019, with u3a groups exhibiting their projects, from music, dance storytelling, displays etc.

Some suggested topics : knucker dragons, smuggling, bonfire societies, Bevis of Hampton, Sussex saints & Sussex martyrs, pucks & pharisees, folklore, songs & music, authors inspired by Sussex, church paintings, 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, etc.
NB The October Study Day at Rustington is on folklore.

Museums & Heritage Centres:

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


- for County research data plus 12 local newspapers
- for the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales & Fantasy
- for 'Folklore of the South Downs'
- for Sussex Archaeological Society (sites across the county)
- for early paleontology, WW1 & 2, loan boxes & speakers
- for talks and local walking tours by Kevin Gordon
- for the West Sussex Record Office (county archives) in Chichester
- for the East Sussex county archives at the Keep, Brighton
- for Hastings Museum 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
The West Sussex Library Service provides similiar resources via

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