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NEWS FEED: History

Secrets of the High Woods Celebration

September 13th, 2016

A family discovery day celebrating the heritage of the South Downs will bring history to life at the South Downs Centre and Capron House gardens in Midhurst on Saturday 24 September 10am-4pm. There will be a range of activities, from Renaissance dancing and fight demonstrations, to fun children’s archaeology activities. There will also be the chance to try out archery […]

Find family fun at horrible heathland history weekend

August 16th, 2016

Secrets of the Heath, 3 & 4 September 11am-5pm Petersfield Heath FREE Discover the horrible histories of South Downs heathland on 3 and 4 September with the chance to join a Saxon shield battle, come face-to-face with a highway woman or fire a Roman catapult.   As well as re-enactments,a Medieval camp and rides in […]

Capability Brown in the South Downs

August 16th, 2016

Portrait of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, c.1770-75, by Richard Cosway (17421821)/Private Collection/Bridgeman Images Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, baptised on 30 August 1716, was a landscape designer whose style has shaped what we think of today as quintessential English countryside.  At the end of the 1600s most landscaping was rigidly formal reflecting man’s power over nature. ‘Capability’ Brown’s […]

Hidden Past Festival

August 8th, 2016

10am – 4pm, 21 August 2016, Portsmouth City Museum Beneath the wooded countryside of West Sussex and Hampshire lies a forgotten landscape, littered with traces of past communities who lived and worked in the South Downs. For the past three years the Secrets of the High Woods project has been uncovering their stories using cutting […]

Southdown Sheep Society’s 125th Anniversary

August 2nd, 2016

In the ever-changing farming landscape of the South Downs there is one thing that has remained constant across more than two centuries; the presence of the unique Southdown sheep. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Southdown Sheep Society. Southdown sheep have long been favoured for their ability to produce high quality, marbled sweet […]

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