The Great British Story: A People’s History event is taking place across Lewes on Sunday 24th June (11am – 4pm) giving visitors a unique opportunity to delve into the past 1500 years and find out more about their own personal history as well as that of their local area.
The free one day history festival, of walks, talks and activities is presented by BBC Learning in partnership with Sussex Past, East Sussex Record Ofice, Artemis Arts and many other local partners. It is a celebration of local history, offering visitors a chance to explore medieval trades in Lewes Castle Garden, explore the origins of your surnames and discover a wealth of historical documents at East Sussex Record Office, listen to expert speakers at All Saints Centre and take part in a project to capture the stories of Lewes streets.
The festival includes letter press printing demonstrations at the Tom Paine Printing Press and a performance of choral works of Sussex from The Phoenix Cantata at 2.30pm in the Lewes Castle Garden.
Spoken Memoirs and members of the Lewes History Group will be at the All Saints Centre from 11 until 4pm, advising people how they can get involved in a project about the history and stories of Lewes streets.
The event is free but the expert talks at the All Saints Centre are ticketed, as numbers are limited – so booking is essential. To apply for tickets to the talks and for full event details go to: www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo