Lewes and the Ouse Valley are steeped in history, from ancient archaeological treasures to evidence of our recent past. History Hour reveals Lewes’ past in a fascinating and engaging way, through background briefings and conversations with local experts and enthusiasts. We unearth historical gems, explore the wealth and breadth of public archives and explain how these can help document our own families’ reminiscences and the history underlying where we live.

Three one hour programmes are sheduled for 2018 this year – Debby and Andy will be providing some interesting guests and news for those with a historical bent. Note that the times are 12 noon until 1pm not as in the printed schedule.
[Programme 1]
On Sunday 21st October  12 until 1pm following the Classical Hour we will have review of previous shows and an update on events going on in the town on an historical theme
[Programme 2]
On the  Sunday 28 October programme at 12 noon we will be hearing first from Paul Myles about his new book on Tom Paine and a forthcoming event at Lewes Depot see below.
Following at 12.30 Sarah Bayliss will join us to talk about her work on the recent Town Hall Paintings book which illustrates the wealth of the art held by the Town of Lewes.
[Below from Paul Myles press releasecontact Paul Myles 07881 988836 for further information]
A Lewes Depot event to mark the 250th anniversary of the year that Thomas Paine rode into LEWES.

A triple bill in the Depot cinema in Lewes at 6.00 pm on Tuesday the 30th October- FREE TO ALL!

The Melvyn Bragg documentary  Radical Lives Rights of Man: Thomas Paine. 

Runtime one hour

Melvyn Bragg travels from Norfolk to Philadelphia, New York and Paris as he follows in the footsteps of one of the great champions of democracy and human rights – Thomas Paine. Along the way, he shows how the freedoms we all now enjoy grew out of 18th-century Enlightenment thinking and were given popular voice in the works of Thomas Paine.  Bragg managed to get the whole of Paine’s life into 60 minutes, and did it very well indeed!

The Case of The Officers of Excise: directed  by Mick Hawksworth produced by Artemis Arts

Runtime 20 mins

Mick Hawksworth was asked to produce a film about Paine in Lewes as a part of The Thomas Paine in Lewes. Mick is an accomplished director who has worked at the highest level for ITV and Channel 4 news. Previously Mick has directed and produced two documentaries for Lewes about Rodin and Caro, both screen nationwide. Many Lewes characters were recruited to act in the film, some seasoned actors for Lewes Theatre Club including  Miles Jenner, Simon Hellyer and Roger Murray and others who showed their talents, Julian Bell, Adam Frost, Dave Hobson and Merlin Milner to name but a few.

Mick wrote the screenplay based on Thomas  Paine in Lewes 1878-1774: A Prelude to American Independence by  Colin Brent Deborah Gage and Paul Myles. It was shot in Lewes over one weekend and to date has had one screening in a Lewes cinema. This is a rare outing for this still relevant film.

Thomas Paine: The Case of The Officers of Excise by Paul Myles

A short talk with Q&A

An introduction to the publication of the latest book, showing the events that led to Paine being plucked out of obscurity to pen his first national document- here in Lewes. Paul will show the documents that lay hidden in the Treasury Boxes in the National Archives- the missing signatures. This tells a different story about Thomas Paine, about how he was trying to make things better in the United Kingdom with the help of some friends in very high places…

The book is due to published early next year, this is a peek preview of the story that emerged from the finding of these documents.

Supported by Lewes Town Council and  Depot cinema, Lewes.

Please  book tickets online at www.lewesdepot.org or by phone 01273 525354


[Programme 3] Sunday 4th November 12 -1pm to follow
Watch this space!..