Symposium 2016

Eastbourne Archaeology Symposium 2016

 Saturday 30th July 2016

 “Eastbourne Urban Medieval Excavation Project 1977 – 1984”

Birley Centre, Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4EX

By the late seventies Eastbourne had produced archaeological material from most eras but not the medieval.   The obvious target was an open space in Church Street opposite St Marys Parish Church, which was known to have, at the latest, Norman origins. The Symposium will introduce delegates to an extensive excavation that revealed evidence for the origins of medieval Eastbourne.   There will be insights into work carried out at the medieval Jesus House which housed the Guild of the Brotherhood of Jesus, the vicarage and also look at the Lamb Inn and Star Brewery site which occupied the same general area.

The Birley Centre is a modern and impressive building, with state-of-the-art projection and audio facilities and has the potential to host a memorable event. 

To buy a ticket at £10 each, please fill in the application form below.

2016 Symposium form A5


To be chaired by David Freke, one time Urban Officer for Sussex Archaeological Field Unit and director of several excavations in Sussex and co-author of Historic Towns in Sussex, published 1978.


9.30                              Doors open – registration and tea or coffee

9.45                              Auditorium opens

10.0                              Welcome by the President of ENHAS

                                    Hon. Alderman Mrs Olive Woodall

10.10                         The Lamb Inn, Old Parsonage and Gildredge Manor House

                                   David Martin, Medieval buildings expert

10.45                         The Jesus House and first Vicarage and their building materials

                                  Lawrence Stephens

11.15                         What do 15,000 pottery sherds tell us? John Warren

11.45                         Diet or artefact – marine and terrestrial mollusc shells Dr David Adams

12.15                         13,000 Animal bones and what they can tell us Patricia Stevens                         

12.50                         Lunch interval

14.0                           Three centuries of Eastbourne’s smoking habits

                                 Jo Seaman – Heritage Officer for Eastbourne

14.40                         Bourne Valley excavations at the site of the Star Brewery

                                  Dr Michael Allen

15.30                         Tea and coffee break

15.55                         Wells, lime kilns and the Church – Lawrence Stevens

16.40                         A concluding summary – John Bleach

17.00                         Symposium ends

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