Archaeology talks prove to be highly popular at Worthing Museum

Archaeology talks prove to be highly popular at Worthing Museum

From the history of the first inhabitants of Sussex some 500,000 years ago to the arrival of the railway in Worthing, this autumn a programme of insightful talks has been taking place at Worthing Museum led by resident archaeologist James Sainsbury, and they’ve proven to be highly popular with all of the talks selling out.

The programme of talks, which have taken place every Thursday evening since 28th September, tie in with the extended opening hours at the museum, and all include opportunities to handle archaeological objects.

James Sainsbury says “The response we’ve had to the programme has been amazing. We originally put 25 places per talk on sale to the public, and we’ve had to double our allocation with 50 people. Even then we’ve actually had to turn people away as the room has reached max capacity! The feedback we have had has been really great and people are clearly passionate about discovering and learning about local history. We cover such a broad range of subjects across the 10 talks so we’re always welcoming new people through the doors as well as our regulars. It’s great to see people interested in the local archaeology and history of Worthing, which is some of the best in the whole country. I feel we’re providing our visitors with a really engaging and interactive experience with the added joy of the museum being free to explore in the evenings, alongside the object handling.”

With the season coming to a close in December there are three upcoming talks with limited places available to book. On November 23rd there will be a talk on Norman Sussex, taking a look at the huge changes wrought upon the county by the incoming Normans. On November 30th there with be an in depth exploration on the coming of the railway and how it transformed society and in particular seaside resorts like Worthing. Finally on December 7th James will be unveiling a Photographic History of Worthing, ranging from the 1860s up to the early 1990s with a huge range of photographs that will be on display on the big screen. Talks cost £7.50 per person and include tea, coffee or wine.