Archaeological Talks

Tickets can be purchased at Worthing Theatres’ Connaught Theatre.
Union Place
BN11 1LG

Or via on the worthingtheatres website, click here.

We have a series of 8 exciting archaeological talks from 11th October to 13th December. All talks include a glass of wine/tea/coffee and extensive object handling. If you book all 8 talks then you get 2 for free!

Sussex In The Stone Ages – From Mammoths to Monuments
11th October | 6:30-8:30pm | £7.50
An in-depth talk on the early prehistory of Sussex.  Looking at the early hominids that called this area home over 450,000 years ago, to the great woolly mammoths of the last ice age and through to the building and flint mining activities of modern humans.  We will also look at the great local archaeologist John Henry Pull, who excavated nationally significant Neolithic material just north of Worthing.
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Bronze Age Worthing – Barrows, Beakers and Hoards
18th October | 6:30-8:30pm | £7.50
Worthing was a very busy place during the Bronze Age.  This talk will look at the beautiful metal hoards found locally as well as the farms and boundaries that lay beneath our feet.  A number of our hoards will be available for handling after this talk.
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Roman Sussex – Legions, Roads & Villas
1st November | 6:30-8:30pm | £7.50
The Romans conquered and ruled much of Europe and beyond for centuries, and Sussex was no exception.  However, were these people truly invaders or were they invited in?  This talk will cover all aspects of Roman rule in Sussex, from the building of roads, temples and villas, to the military garrisons along the coast.  We have a particularly large amount of material available for handling after this talk, including parts of the famous Patching Hoard.
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Saxon Worthing & The Kingdom of the South Saxons
15th November | 6:30-8:30pm | £7.50
The enigmatic Saxons came to Sussex at the fall of the Roman Empire, or perhaps even earlier.  The nationally important cemetery at Highdown Hill helps us illuminate these people, their beautiful jewellery and deadly weaponry – but who were they really?  Mercenaries, invaders, settlers or all three?
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Norman Sussex – Conquest, Castles & Towns
22nd November | 6:30-8:30pm | £7.50
We all know William the Conqueror beat King Harold at Hastings – but what happened in Sussex afterwards?  This talk will look at the huge changes wrought upon the county by the incoming Normans, the construction of castles, the growth of towns and the beginnings of modern England.
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World War I – Home Front & Front Line
November 29th | 6:30-8:30pm | £7.50
The First World War affected all who lived through those terrible years and the people of Worthing were no different.  This talk will look at both the military and social aspects of the war, covering the training of soldiers on the Downs, the battles fought by the Royal Sussex Regiment and the problems on the Home Front.
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WWII – The Defence of Sussex in WWII
6th December | 6:30-8:30pm | £7.50
Sussex was on the frontline in 1940 – if the RAF had failed and the Wehrmacht had invaded the area would have been of major strategic importance to both sides.  We will look at the defences themselves – pillboxes, anti-tank ditches and heavy guns sited on the Downs, along with aerial photographs taken by the Luftwaffe whilst planning their invasion.  Eye-witness accounts and photographs of the period will form a part of this talk, and there will be a large selection of objects from the time available for handling afterwards.
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A Photographic History of Worthing
13th December | 6:30-8:30pm | £7.50
Our last talk in the series, looking at the modern history of Worthing through our photographic collection. Ranging from the 1860s up until the early 1990s, a huge range of photographs will be on display on the big screen, with explanations and the history of local sites explained.  Our full collection of images will be available for perusal after the talk.
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