Life in Lewes priory to be focus of talks

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Herbs, hospitals, drains and dormitories ... everyday life in Lewes Priory will come under the spotlight on October 19.

A series of five talks about the complex, demolished in the 16th century, will be delivered at Sussex Downs College in Lewes (10am-4.30pm).

They will be led by Brian Moffat, Director of SOUTRA, a medieval hospital archaeology project based in south-east Scotland.

Helen Poole will give a brief history of the priory and its context within the town, Anthony Freeman and Kate Hickmott will discuss the aspects of research that led to the interpretation of the site for public information and Brian Moffatt will examine medicine, herbs and medieval infirmaries.

The monastic herb garden and its history will be revealed by Arthur Franklin, while forthcoming excavations at the site to investigate the water/plumbing system is the subject for Anthony Freeman.

Tickets for the event (£15/£10) can be booked by visiting www.sussexdowns.ac.uk or via the application form in the college brochure.

The Priory of St Pancras, the first Cluniac priory in Britain, was founded between 1078 and 1082.