The Sterns of Highdown – West Sussex Record Office talk, Tuesday 29 March 2022 7:00pm

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Hamish MacGillivray: The Sterns of Highdown: Cocktails, Campaigns and Chromosomes

What happens when you find the Highdown visitors book revealing forgotten Anglo-Jewish aristocrats, plant hunters and scientists?

Hamish MacGillivray stumbled into this scenario while working for Highdown Gardens researching at West Sussex Record Office (WSRO) in Chichester. This was part of a Heritage Lottery funded project (2019 to 2021) to discover more about Sir Frederick and Lady Sybil Stern, who created the unique chalk Highdown Gardens at Goring-by-Sea.

The Sterns are highly respected in the horticultural world, but the evidence of their other obsessions and their famous and not so famous visitors disappeared for over 50 years. This talk is a peek into some of the stories surrounding the Sterns and lockdown research networking, all inspired by the Highdown Visitors Book.

Your speaker Hamish has worked in the museum and heritage sector for over 30 years in many roles including toy curator, exhibitions project manager, oral historian, and Visitor Experience consultant for the National Trust.

He was the freelance researcher/writer for the new Highdown Gardens website and visitor centre displays. He is not a gardener, but enjoys trimming ivy hedges.

The talk will last up to an hour, with an opportunity to ask questions via the chat box.

Tickets: £5.00 from Eventbrite


Sterns of Highdown


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