History hour team in studio cropped 800Lewes 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.

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Two one-hour programmes are scheduled for 2016 on Rocket FM:

Sunday 23 October 12noon – 1pm
This first show includes Christopher Whittick talking about the Battle Abbey archives in this 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Brigitte Lardinois will tell us about Stories Seen Through a Glass Plate: 1916, Lewes Remembers, the Edward Reeves archive lightbox exhibition running from 29 October – 19 November 2016. She’ll also talk about the associated Activity Day on Sunday 30 October at the All Saints Centre, run in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum and the Photography and Archive Centre at LCC University of the Arts London (for more information & free tickets please visit www.reevesarchive.co.uk). As a tribute to his great grandfather and the other men who fought at the Somme in 1916 Sam MacDonald will be performing his own composition. A live music first for the History Hour!

Sunday 30 October 12noon – 1pm
In this second show we’ll be exploring Lewes Street Stories after the exhibition at Lewes Town Hall on Heritage Open Days in September. We’ll also be talking to Andy Friend, Lewes resident and co-curator of an exhibition at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne opening in May 2017 called ‘Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship’. And did you know there was a paper mill in Lewes? Tune in to find where and when it was in operation.

And don’t forget! A replay of The Trial of the Bonfire Boys will be broadcast on Sunday 6 November at 5pm.