Lewes History Group talk: The Ouse Valley Pits: Using chalk & making landscapes – Monday 13 September 2021, 7:20 for 7:30pm start

A Zoom Webinar

Dr Will Pilfold: The Ouse Valley Pits: Using chalk & making landscapes

In common with other areas of the chalklands of England the Ouse valley contains numerous disused chalk pits that often have a significant visual impact. As a group the study of these pits has been unduly neglected by local and landscape historians, the main interest in them coming from industrial archaeologists.

This talk explores the origins of these pits, the uses to which the chalk extracted has been put and the legacy of disused pits (their use and abuse). It also looks at the more subtle impacts that exploiting chalk as a mineral resource has had on Sussex landscapes.

There is still much to be learnt on these topics and this presentation is something of a ‘work-in-progress’ report. It is hoped that further discussion and investigations that help fill the many gaps in our knowledge may be sparked by this talk.

SPCC Ltd South Heighton Works c1898, Newhaven Museum
SPCC Ltd South Heighton Works c1898, image from Newhaven Museum

To join this talk, you need to
  1) register your intention in advance
  2) receive our confirmation email with a link to the talk
  3) click on that link to attend the talk 10 minutes before it starts

Lewes History Group Members can attend our talks for free. We will send members emails with a link to Zoom registration. Then please follow steps 1, 2, and 3 as above. 

Non-members can buy a ticket (£4) from TicketSource. The ticket will provide a link to Zoom registration. Then please follow steps 1, 2, and 3 as above.

Please join the webinar at 7:20pm.

We would recommend a computer screen or an iPad as a minimum screen-size for viewing our webinars.

Our presenters will be speaking live, and you can ask questions by typing in the Q&A box in Zoom.

See the Talks page for a list of  forthcoming monthly events organised by the Lewes History Group.