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Main Lectures for 2017/18


October 13th 2017

Eastbourne Ancestors - A story of life from bones of the past

November 10th 2017

The Garum and Salt Industry in Northern Gaul during the late Iron Age and Roman periods

December 15th 2017

AGM and Christmas Social

January 12th 2018

Finds from the Portable Antiquities Scheme, Sussex, 2017

February 9th 2018

Heritage on the Edge - Archaeology of the Seven Sisters

March 9th 2018

Stonehenge and New Discoveries

For details goto the Main Lecture Page

Local History Forum

28th October 2017

Brighton Rock, Brighton Crime.

25th November 2017

Brighton in 1827 as seen through the eyes of a French Nobleman.

20th January 2018

Lancing College and its local history

24th February 2018

Women Artists - Images of Sussex.

24th March 2018

The Secret Sussex Radio Network. The story of the radio operators and spies put in place in the event of a German invasion during World War 2

For details goto the Local History Forum Page


Geoff Mead Walks Programme Nov 2017- Oct 2018

All are 'donations' to local environmental groups

Nov 5th 10am Brighton St James Street. Explore the city east of
Old Steine. Meet Brighton Museum entrance TQ312043

Dec 10th 10am Stanmer to Ditchling Beacon. High downland and
wide views. Meet Stanmer House TQ 337095

Jan 14th 10am West Firle: Downland scarpfoot.
Park, pasture and guaranteed mud! Meet Firle village carpark TQ 471073

Feb 4th 10am Dial Post circular.
Low Weald lanes and 're-wilding'. Meet Dial Post village hall TQ153195

March 4th 10am Falmer: campus and village.
Meet Uni.of Sussex Sport Centre carpark [Lewes Rd] TQ 348089

April 1St 10am Portslade-Southwick linear.
Follow the harbourside to Southwick, and then return by bus. Meet Portslade Station in Portland Rd TQ 265056

May 6th 10am Patcham, village and suburb.
Old field boundaries dictate 20th century suburbs. Meet Patcham Co-op Old London Rd. TQ 303087

June 3rd 10am Brighton Norfolk Sq. On the border.
Urban lanes, twittens and elegant squares. Meet Norfolk Sq. bus stop TQ 301043

July 1st 6pm Newhaven Castle Hill LNR.
Explore the clifftop reserve and expect to be surprised!
Meet Newhaven Fort top carpark TQ 447002

July 4th 6pm Warminghurst...& USA.
Independence Day links a Sussex village and USA. Pinewoods, arable and grassland on this summer evening
stroll. Meet Warminghurst church. TQ 117169

Aug 5th 6pm Henfield: evening stroll.
Lanes and woodlands east of the town. Meet Henfield Museum carpark TQ 216160

Sept 23rd 10am Bedelands: meadows and lanes. Ancient woods and a waterfall.
Meet Burgess Hill football club carpark TQ 317283

Oct 7th 10am Binsted: woodlands and arable
The West Sussex Coastal Plain of wide skies and rich arable. Meet Binsted church SU 984061


Day School


BHAS Excavations 2017


BHAS Geophysics

Pete Tolhurst is the leader of the geophysics and surveying Team. In December a small survey of part of Preston Park, Brighton was conducted in conjunction with Brighton University. The university conducted a major magnetometry survey over most of the park. BHAS conducted resistivity surveying in parts of the park deemed inaccessible for magnetometry.

New surveying is being planned for this season. These projects include surveying a field close to Ovingdean that has produced both Medieval and Roman finds, a survey on Beacon Hill at Rottingdean focused on a Neolithic long barrow and at Patcham to examine earthworks which may be part of a 'Celtic' field system. BHAS are also planning to return to Hempstead Farm, near Uckfield, for more investigations into that medieval landscape. All volunteers are welcome, whatever theor experience. All training will be given.



To join the BHAS Field Unit or for other details contact John Funnell on 0844 5888 277 or e-mail to



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