Talks and Events 2024

Talks at the Old School for 2024

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 unless otherwise indicated. No pre booking required, pay at the door, everyone welcome.

Entrance £6 for members, £8 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

2024 Talks

June 4th (Tuesday) 7.30pm  

South Downs Film Makers  

It all started in 1989, when the era of cine cameras was coming to an end and a new club using video was announced locally.

The Club meet at Ferring Village Hall throughout the year, usually on the third Wednesday of the month. Today, we have around 25 members who meet at this venue to participate in an interesting programme of activities for our members making comedies, dramas & local documentaries. As part of our commitment to the community, we welcome the opportunity to make promotional films for local charities and institutions.

The film show will comprise:- ‘The Christmas Tree story’, ‘Life on a cruise ship’, ‘This is Lancing’, ‘Trip wire’, ‘Krimmler Waterfall’, ‘Worthing Light Festival’ & ’Oh George’.

Previous audiences have commented ‘Lots of laughs and all professionally presented’ and ‘A thoroughly brilliant and entertaining talk and film show’.             

July 2nd (Tuesday) 7.30pm        

Folklore and Superstitions of the Hedgerows by Christine Iverson

Christine Iverson discovered a love of all things hedgerow after moving to a Sussex Downland village in 2001. This fascination led to volunteering as an apothecary at the Weald and Downland Living Museum where she taught school children about medieval and Tudor medicine. Keen to learn more, she became a regular contributor to her local parish magazine sharing the folklore and superstitions of hedgerow plants with her local community. She runs regular folklore and foraging workshops at Tuppenny Barn Organics and gives talks to local women’s institutes and horticultural societies.

A forager by heart, Christine loves nothing better than wandering the hedgerows looking for berries and plants to turn into jams, chutneys, alcohol, crafts and simple remedies. Fascinated by the folklore and superstition connected with wild plants, Christine writes monthly articles for two parish magazines to keep these old ways alive. 

August 6th (Tuesday) 7:30pm

The Home Guard by Steve Bird

Our views of the Home Guard are now much influenced by the classic TV comedy series ‘Dad’s Army’.  Steve will explore to what extent the adventures of Captain Mainwaring and the Warmington on Sea Platoon reflected the reality of 1940 Britain.

Steve will set out to bust a number of popular myths that persist to this day about the Home Guard whilst telling some stories about real Home Guard adventures to show that at least some aspects of Dad’s army were spot on.

In the first part of the talk, we will hear of the origins of the Home Guard and whose idea it was to form it. We will learn about what they were intended to do; the weapons they had and how they operated.  Did you know the Home Guard provided the only artillery unit to sink a German ship in WW2?  We will also find out when the Home Guard was finally stood down.

In the second part, we will look at a single unit, to illustrate the sort of thing which was going on all over the country.  Using original material from the archives we will look at a 1940 plan showing how the Home Guard intended to defend their village in the event of a German invasion and how they would have tackled a German raid like the ones shown in films like ‘Went the Day  well?’ and ‘The Eagle has Landed’.   We will use original attendance records to show who the men and women of the Home Guard were and what their background were.  We will also look at where they got their weapons from and how they made some themselves.

September 3rd (Tuesday) 7:30pm

Portsmouth and the Marie Rose by Frances Farrer-Brown

October 4th (Friday) 2.30pm       

300 Years of Sussex Weather by Iain Currie

November 8th (Friday) 2:30pm

History of Champagne by Peter Griffiths

December 6th (Friday) 2:30pm

Chanctonbury Ring by Dr Janet Pennington


April 26th – Taylor Maid in concert

Doors open at 6.30pm – Tickets available from the museum office

1st June – Museum Workshop

Church Street

Come and view the current research of Church Street and share your memories to help build up a historical timeline of who lived and worked there.

October 26th (Saturday) 7.00pm  

Quiz (at Storrington & Sullington Council Offices)

November 16th – 17th Art Exhibition