A talk at The Keep
Thomas Paine, English-born political activist and one of the founding fathers of the United States, lived in Lewes from 1768-74, during which time he wrote The Case of the Officers of Excise, a pamphlet condemning corruption within the customs and excise service, and developed some of the ideas that ultimately led to American independence.
In this talk, author Paul Myles will discuss the research for his new book on Paine, exploring the influence of radical newspaper The Sussex Weekly Advertiser and the revolutionary spirit of Lewes, as well as the wider political situation that inspired Paine to leave England for America.
A display of original material from our archives will be available to view from 5pm on the day of the talk, and copies of The Rise of Thomas Paine and the Case of the Officers of Excise by Paul Myles will be for sale on the day.
Paul is a fellow of St Andrews Institute of Intellectual History. He has acted on the committee of the Thomas Paine Society UK since 2009 and edited and co-authored Thomas Paine in Lewes 1768-1774, A Prelude to American Independence . He was born in Lewes and teaches part-time at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.
Venue: The Keep, Woollards Way, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9BP
Entry: £5, tickets from The Keep website