Talks & Visits

Due to Covid-19 social distancing practices, we are delivering our talks by Zoom Webinar. To join these talks, you need to
  1) register your intention in advance
  2) receive our confirmation email with a link to the talk
  3) click on that link to attend the talk 10 minutes before it starts

LHG Members can attend our talks for free. We will send members emails with a link to Zoom registration. Then please follow steps 1, 2, and 3 as above. 

Non-members can buy a ticket (£4) from TicketSource. The ticket will provide a link to Zoom registration. Then please follow steps 1, 2, and 3 as above.

Next talk: Monday 13 December 2021, 7:30pm – Photo Quiz: How Well Do You Know Lewes? Followed by AGM for members only


The Lewes History Group presents public talks on the 2nd Monday of each month.  We invite speakers who address particular topics of interest, and we list the talks below. Research project meetings are held periodically. These meetings are for members working on research projects, and for those considering starting a project or participating in a current project. The aim of the meetings is to review progress and develop expertise. We also arrange courses in research skills and use of resources.

Invited presentations scheduled for January – December 2021

Monday 11 January 2021 Chris Taylor The Mill Road Street Story
Monday 8 February 2021 Geoff Mead Source to Sea: the River Ouse
Monday 8 March 2021 David Rudling Romano-British Settlements in the Lower Ouse Valley
Monday 12 April 2021 Sue Berry Lewes and the Country Gentry c1640-1830: politics, leisure and patronage
Monday 10 May 2021 John Kay Listed Buildings of Lewes
Monday 14 June 2021 Sarah and Peter Earl The Stories of East Street and Albion Street
Monday 12 July 2021 Marcus Taylor Southover Church: 900 Years of Change
Monday 9 August 2021 No talk
Monday 13 September 2021 Will Pilfold The Ouse Valley’s Pits: using chalk and making landscapes
Monday 11 October 2021 Debby Matthews Lewes in the 1790s: a Time of Change
Monday 8 November 2021 Mary Norris The War Memorials of St John-sub-Castro Church, Lewes
Monday 13 December 2021 John Kay Photo Quiz: How well do you know Lewes? Followed by AGM for members only

Invited presentations scheduled for January – July 2022

Monday 10 January 2022 Diana Wilkins The Impact of the First World War on the Jewish community in Sussex
Monday 14 February 2022 Sue Berry Farming and the Ouse Valley landscape, 1770-1940
Monday 14 March 2022 Alison Grant & Anthea Arnold Fitzroy House
Monday 11 April 2022 Francis Burrows The Battle of Lewes and the 13th century. (With Battle of Lewes re-enactors)
Monday 9 May 2022 Mary Rudling The Poor Law in Lewes – ‘A measure of extreme harshness and cruelty’?
Monday 13 June 2022 Andrew Edwards The Sussex Archaeological Society and its role in Lewes
Monday 11 July 2022 Helen Poole Sir John Gage of Firle and the Tudor Court
Monday 8 August 2022 No talk

September 2022 onwards: to be announced

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