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Not 1066 and all that – radical histories in Hastings and St Leonards

2016 September 13

screenshot-not-1066This Autumn sees a variety of events in Hastings and environs that commemorate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. However,there are many other histories that are not covered by 1066. This event is a rather different idea from the standard idea of history being about dates and kings and queens. The emphasis is on ordinary lives . It does not emphasise history made for people but celebrates various histories that we have created for ourselves and want to share to show how it can be done!

The event will be a showcase for a variety of histories including family, local, religious, LGBT, or women’s histories.It will feature presentations of recent projects including women’s work on the lives of their ancestors, alternative histories of gravestones in the local cemetery, homelessness past and present,religious pasts in Hastings, individual soldiers in the 1914 -18 war. The emphasis is on people presenting their work and showing us how it was done to encourage us to have a go for ourselves ! The sessions will be interactive and there will also be introductions on starting your own community, street or personal history project by bringing into the present events that are not necessarily part of official local histories.

We hope that this day will be an impetus to future local work demonstrating that we the people can and do make our own histories.

All very welcome.

(There is a permanent ramped access to the entrance and accessible toilet facilities).


Saturday 8 October 9.30 for 10 – 5


St. Matthew’s Church Centre,London Road, St. Leonards-on-Sea,TN37 6PD (At junction of London Road and Bohemia Road )


St Leonard’s Warrior Square railway station (15 minute walk or bus up London Road)

Buses 20,20A, 21, 21A,22 , 22A,23,23A24,99,100,101,349. (nearest stop ASDA)



Registration is free because we want everyone to be able to afford to come. You must register in advance and places are limited so book before 30 September at the latest. Entry cannot be guaranteed. You must register through eventbrite.


Registration includes tea and coffee and biscuits. Please bring your own packed lunch or obtain from various cafes nearby.



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