The Museum runs a varied programme of talks throughout the year to which all are invited.
Tickets are charged at £3 for Friends and Patrons and £5 for visitors, and should be purchased in advance unless otherwise stated. We are often over-subscribed for our talks so early booking is advisable.
Our 2019 Talks Programme:
Please contact Mike Nicholson 01444-457448 or firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings or enquiries.
Thursday 7th March, 2.30 pm, in the Council Chamber, Queen's Hall, Cuckfield
“The Buzz of Bees" by Otto Somodi
Local bee keeper, Otto, provides us with an illustrated and fascinating insight into the joys and challenges of bee keeping in Mid Sussex, together with how their industrious activity is critical to our wellbeing and the difficulties all pollinators face to survive in a changing, modern environment.
Tuesday 23rd April, 8.00 pm, in the Council Chamber, Queen's Hall, Cuckfield
“Elizabethan Sussex" by Helen Poole
Curator and historian Helen Poole’s illustrated talk looks at the people and places across the county in Elizabethan times, covering their background as well as how they faced religious persecution and struggles with continental foes.
Tuesday 25th June, 8.00 pm, in the Council Chamber, Queen's Hall, Cuckfield
“Marianne North, Victorian Botanist" by Sarah Oldridge
This beautifully illustrated talk by Sarah Oldridge tells the story of Hastings-born Marianne North the eminent Victorian botanic artist notable for her plant paintings, extensive foreign travels and plant discoveries.
Thursday 3rd October, 2.30 pm, in the Council Chamber, Queen's Hall, Cuckfield
“A Sussex Farm during the 1950's" by Ian Everest
Ian’s illustrated talk shows just how tough farming life was on the South Downs in the 1950’s. The war was over but the battle was just being fought to feed the nation.
Thursday 14th November, 2.30 pm, in the Council Chamber, Queen's Hall, Cuckfield
“West Sussex at War, 1939-45" by Matthew Jones
This illustrated talk by archivist Matthew Jones is based upon photographs and documents held by West Sussex Record Office and looks at different aspects of war including coastal defences, evacuation, civil defence, air raids and victory celebrations.
PLEASE NOTE: Our talks are often over subscribed, so you are advised to book early. If you have booked tickets and find that you are unable to attend, please give notice at least 24 hours before the talk to enable someone on the reserve list to take your place.