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Eastbourne's History Comes Alive
From the building of the Redoubt Fortress amidst the Napoleonic Wars 200 years ago, to folly architect Mad Jack Fuller’s circular Martello Towers, and Bronze Age finds uncovered at Shinewater, noted as the best in the country, you can hear all about them at the local history museum this New Year.
From the building of the Redoubt Fortress amidst the Napoleonic Wars 200 years ago, to folly architect Mad Jack Fuller’s circular Martello Towers, and Bronze Age finds uncovered at Shinewater, noted as the best in the country, you can hear all about them at the local history museum this New Year.

This season’s Winter Talks will be held at the Museum on Monday afternoons at 2pm starting Monday January 5.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Spokesman for Culture Mike Thompson said: “What an interesting season of lectures on the history of both our town and indeed within the wider world awaits us. For all those interested in history the place to be is Eastbourne’s Local History Museum on Monday afternoons in the New Year. However tickets are limited so please contact or visit the Redoubt to get your tickets for these most fascinating lectures.”

The talks will be, Museums Curator for Eastbourne, Richard Callaghan, who co-authored a new book on Eastbourne and the Napoleonic Wars (Monday January 5), Geoff Hutchinson who authored a book on the Martello Towers will speak of “Mad Jack Fuller” (Monday January 19) and Liz Wilson, Archaeological Finds Officer for Sussex, speaks of the Shinewater Bronze Age site (Monday February 16). Liz also invites people to bring along finds for identification.

Militaria expert for the BBC Aniques Roadshow for the past 26 years, especially in arms and armour, and Lewes auctioneer, Roy Butler, tells his anecdotes including the sale of the gun Winston Churchill used to escape the Boers and the pistol Bob Ford used to kill Jesse James, which sold for £105,000 (Monday February 2).

The Brighton Royal Pavilion Head of Collections and Archives John Roles explains how a locally focussed, community-based museum has turned from an idea into a reality in Brighton (Monday March 1).

Former member of the Special Investigations Branch - the Army detectives, Roger Vince, discusses the training, work and some of the cases of the Redcaps (Monday March 15). He is writing a book on the service’s history.

Tickets are £5. They are strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment. They are available from the Redoubt Fortress, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN22 7AQ or on the door at the Museum situated at The Towner, Church Street, Old Town. Call: 01323 410300 (9.30-5.30 Monday-Friday from January 2) for more details.
Author: Rachel Norman
Further Info: presspr@eastbourne.gov.uk
18 January, 2004

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