Events and Talks

Talks at the Old School for 2021

We provide a programme of monthly talks at the Old School.

(Please note all talks will be held at the Old School, School Lane, Storrington. Starting promptly at 7.30 pm. Entrance £5 for members, £6 for Non Members)

Teas and coffees will be available after each event.

If you would like to sponsor any of our events or talks please contact the museum on 01903 740188 or


Tuesday 3rd August at 7.30pm – Life of a Yeoman of the Guard by Crawford Butler.

This talk is sponsored by:

Monday 6th September at 7.30pm – Henry VIII’s Gangsters by Robert Hutchinson OBE

Friday 1st October at 2.30pm – Knowing two English eccentrics, Sir John Betjeman and Robert Hardy by Susan Howe

Friday 22nd October at 3pm – Lost and Found: The Monument to Francis Mond by Raynor Hoff. Talk by Holly Trusted

Captain Francis Leopold Mond (1896-1918) was killed in action during the First World War. The memorial to him is on the north-east wall of St Mary’s Church Storrington, West Sussex. It was executed by the young British sculptor Rayner Hoff (1894-1937). This bold and moving work is often overlooked by visitors; the guide book to the church for example does not mention it. Yet its history is intensely poignant, and just as importantly it is an extremely impressive monument sculpturally, worthy of the heroic young man it commemorates. This lecture will centre on this memorial, and the daunting woman who was primarily responsible for it: Francis’s mother, Angela Primrose Hamilton Schweich Mond (née Goetze) (1871-1941).

Dr Holly Trusted FSA  is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. A Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum, she was previously Senior Curator of Sculpture at the V&A. She is co-founder and co-chair of the Public Statues and Sculpture Association and founding editor of the Sculpture Journal. She has lectured and published widely on sculpture, including British Sculpture 1470-2000 (2002), The Arts of Spain: Iberia and Latin America 1450-1700(2007), The Making of Sculpture (2007), Baroque and Later Ivories(2013) and The Cast Courts (2018). She is currently preparing a book on German baroque sculpture. 

Friday 2nd November at 7pm – a virtual talk by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

As we head towards the Remembrance weekend the CWGC will provide a virtual talk via Zoom on its history, the archives, horticulture, architecture and conservation. The talk will take 1 hour.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Logo

Friday 12th November at 2.30pmMargaret Watson – Harpist

Friday 3rd December at 2.30pm – Why is Church Lane so steep by Bill Avenell


Saturday 7th August from 10:00 – 12pm – Book Sale and coffee at the Museum.

A presentation of the A272 project will be made to the museum at 1pm by Frank Waters

Come and join us for coffee and cake at the museum and see the new items on exhibition.

Saturday 21st August – Ashington Festival

Come and join us at the Ashington Festival which start at 1pm at the Recreation Ground, Church Lane, Ashington RH13 3JX

Friday 27th August at 11.00am – The Royal British Legion Centenary Torch Relay at St Mary’s, Storrington.

The Museum will host the event at the Old School with a Royal British Legion exhibition.

Saturday 4th September – The Museum Charity 25 mile walk

The walk covers the museum’s district. Sponsorship forms can be found at the museum or donations can be made towards our fundraising goal through our Just Giving page or you can “Buy us a Coffee” from the coffee cup on this website – refreshments from 1pm at the museum to follow the progress of the walk.

Exhibition weekend of the 20-21 November – Art Exhibition at the Old School

Local artists will display their work and purchases can be made from these displays.

December Christmas Bazaar and Table Top Sale (TBC) at the Old School