Heritage Open Days Preview Evening – Thursday, 21st July 2016, 7:45pm

Over the course of Heritage Open Days last year over 3,800 people visited historic properties in the town, many of them not usually open to the public.

In the Town Hall Lecture Room (Fisher Street entrance) at 7.45pm on Thursday, 21st July you can hear people talk about the experience of opening their homes and workplaces and see photos of some of this year’s properties which you will be able to visit between 9th and 11th September.

Paul & Mary Benjamin will tell about the Coromandel Chinese Lacquer Screen in their house on Chapel Hill and how it feels to have people pouring through your home.

Philip Pople worked at Lewes House on the High Street for many years. This venue has been on the Heritage Open Days list from the beginning of this programme. He and Ann Spike will relate their experiences.

David Grimwade & Ian Lawrence from Lewes Prison will be describing the unique challenges of opening the doors of this Victorian gaol to ‘tourist’ visitors for the first time last year. Some of the booked slots for this year’s tour have been reserved for those attending this presentation.

After an interval for drinks, we will hear from Phil Green & David Attwood, who live in the Round House on Pipe Passage, surely one of the most distinctive and fascinating homes in the town.

Round House, Lewes
Image of the Round House  © Copyright Oast House Archive and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Marcus Taylor completes the evening by relating the story and the people behind the Gundrada Chapel in Southover Church, which is seldom opened to the public.

Entry is free – don’t miss it.

Heritage Open Days brochure 2016