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32 October 2020 • Forest Row Local
The Sussex
Archaeological
Society is appealing
for donations to
help them raise
funds and continue
into the next
decade...
In June of 2021, The Sussex Archaeological Society will be celebrating its one hundred and seventy
fifth anniversary. The society began in 1846 when
a new railway line was being dug just south of the town of Lewes. During the work the remains of
Lewes Priory were uncovered. This discovery saw
the founding of the society and makes it one of the oldest archaeological societies in the world. Today the society is responsible for six historic properties across Sussex opening them, their museums and collections to the public. In addition they also care for the Long Man of Wilmington and Holtye Roman Road.
As well as the above the society is responsible for
the Collection’s Journal, published annually, and run regular guided walks, talks and conferences. These events are often run by members of the society who wish to share their current research and enthusiasm for a particular site. As well as the ‘Long Man’, the sites currently cared for by the society include Bull House in Lewes, currently the society’s headquarters, Anne of Cleves House in Lewes, Lewes Castle, The Priest House and Gardens in West Hoathly, Marlipins Museum in Shoreham-by-Sea, Fishbourne, Roman House and Gardens in Fishbourne and Michelham Priory House and Gardens in Upper Dicker, Nr Hailsham. All sites have been closed during lockdown this year.
will not survive to celebrate next year’s anniversary. Like so many other charitable organisations The Archaeological Society’s income relies on admission fees and membership subscriptions. They also depend heavily on their cafes, shops and venue hires and
with this year’s pandemic it is difficult for them,
like so many others, to see how they can continue. Events planned for this year were obviously cancelled but many events organised for the rest of the year have also been cancelled or postponed and it is still uncertain what will be happening in 2021.
The society are appealing for donations to help them raise funds and continue into the next decade. They have initiated a £1 million appeal through www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/celebrating175 and
all money raised will go towards helping the society protect the historical buildings they are responsible for as well as enhancing the visitor experience for both schoolchildren and adults. You can also become part of next year’s celebrations and events leading up to the big anniversary, lockdown and government rules permitting.
The society is a registered charity and company and is governed by a Council of Trustees who are elected by members and run by a team of paid staff supported by many volunteers. Membership numbers currently stand at 3,000 and the society is always happy to welcome newcomers. There are different types of membership depending on personal interests. You can find out how to become a member by visiting their website www.sussexpast.co.uk
 The society receives no public funding and Covid 19
has been the cause of significant loss to their income.
With properties being closed to the public since the
beginning of lockdown the society now fears they
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