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BHAS Summer Trips

The Events Team are happy to announce the new summer outings programme.

7th July 2019 - Salisbury

After the tragic events of last year that led to the cancellation of the planned Salisbury trip, we have now arranged to visit the city as our first outing this year. The trip will include a visit to the museum, with introductory talk (included in the price), and plenty of time to look at other places of interest in the city such as Mompression House (NT), Arundell's House (Edward Heath's former home), Salisbury cathedral (with its impressive spire!), or the church of St Thomas Beckett, where there is an interesting mural. Some of these places are free, others charge an entrance fee, which is not included in the price of the trip. We will be sending out further details of places to visit to everyone who books.

11th August 2019 - Chatham Dockyard

Explore warships, submarines, the RNLI lifeboat collection, interactive exhibitions, the fascinating Ropery, and much, much more! There are various talks provided by staff on the day and you will be free to wander around the huge site and delve deeper into your own particular areas of interest.

Both the above trips cost £30 to BHAS members and £35 for non-members.

8th September 2019 (provisional) - Mary Rose

We are also arranging a trip to the Mary Rose in Portsmouth. This will not be a coach trip but a train trip with people making their own way to Portsmouth - many people have railcards and it will be cheaper for them to use those rather than pay for a place on a coach. To get the group discount of £13.50 for entry to the Mary Rose museum we will need 15 people to come on the trip. We will be sending out more details nearer the time.


To book for either Salisbury or Chatham, please enclose a cheque for £30 per person (BHAS member) or £35 (non-member) made out to BHAS and send to:

Margaret Carey, 27 Quebec Street, Brighton, BN2 9UZ

Please be sure to include: your contact details, including email and phone number; and your preferred pick-up point - Patcham, Old Steine, Hove Town Hall or Holmbush for Salisbury, and vice versa for Chatham dockyard.

Please note: only prior payment will secure a place on the coach, so please book as soon as possible! Limited space.



Main Lectures for 2019/20 - at Brighton Unitarian Church, New Road at 7.30 pm

Friday 11th October 2019

Judie English – Sussex and Surrey in Later Prehistory

Friday 8th November 2019

Tess Machling – Replicating history: looking at artefacts through the eyes of the maker

Friday 13th December 2019

Miles Russell (BHAS President) - Mythmakers of Maiden Castle: changing a Roman siege mentality

Friday 10th January 2020

Oliver Gilkes – Herbert Toms (BHAS founder member)

Friday 14th February 2020

Amie Friend – Waterlogged Preservation (Mary Rose)

Friday 13th March 2020

Martin Bell - Early Routeways on the Weald and Downland of South East England

For details goto the Main Lecture Page

Local History Forum 2019/20 - at Central United Reformed Church, 102 Blatchington Road, Hove BN3 3YF , 2.15 pm for a Prompt start at 2.30 pm

26th October 2019

Talking Butts

23rd November 2019

Flea-pits and Picture Palaces

18th January 2020

The History of Brighton Fishing

15th February 2020

Brighton before the Pavilion

21st March 2020

Eugenius Birch

For details goto the Local History Forum Page


Walks Programme 2019


Tuesday June 4th - A walk around Brighton's Extra Mural Cemetery, and learn about some of its interesting residents Leader Maire McQueeney - Meet at the entrance to the Extra Mural Cemetery (opposite the BP garage) at 7-00pm

Tuesday June 11th - The byways and twittens of Patcham - Leader Dr Geoffrey Mead - Meet at Ladies Mile Pub at 7-00pm (outside)

Friday June 21st Summer Solstice Walk to Caburn - Meet at Glynde car park at 7-00pm - Leader John Funnell - We will be meeting up with some of the Lewes Archaeological Group, on top of the monument. Libations, poems and a celebration of summer.

Tuesday June 25th - The Ditchling Beacon Monuments Hill-fort and barrows, checking them as part of the Scheduled Ancient Monuments Scheme (SAMMS). Meet at Ditchling Beacon car park at 7-00pm - Leader John Funnell

Tuesday July 2nd - In and out of the little lanes of Rotting-dean - Leader Dr Geoffrey Mead - Meet at The White Horse Hotel at 7-00pm (outside)


Day School


BHAS Geophysics

New surveying is being planned for this season. These projects include surveying a field close to Ovingdean that has produced both Medieval and Roman finds, a survey on Beacon Hill at Rottingdean focused on a Neolithic long barrow and at Patcham to examine earthworks which may be part of a 'Celtic' field system. BHAS are also planning to return to Hempstead Farm, near Uckfield, for more investigations into that medieval landscape. All volunteers are welcome, whatever theor experience. All training will be given.



To join the BHAS Field Unit or for other details contact John Funnell on 0844 5888 277 or e-mail to



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