Talk to look at brewing in Lewes over 200 years

The Lewes History Group kicks off the new year on Monday, January 13, with a talk by oral historian Dr Samantha Carroll entitled, ‘Brewing in Lewes over 200 years’.

Dr Carroll will cover the new insights that the Ale and Hearty project has yielded on the social and agricultural history of brewing in the county town, using examples of what has been collected over the project’s duration, from archives, published sources and oral history interviews.

The project looks at the history of brewing in Lewes and its related industrial and agricultural links over two centuries.

It focuses on the community of Lewes; working life in relation to breweries, agricultural workers and rural life and trades.

It also links in with abstinence and religious culture locally at the time, as well as a clear relation between trades and society through social clubs.

The venue is King’s Church building, Brooks Road opposite the Homebase car park. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and everyone is welcome to attend. There is a small admission charge on the door and free refreshments.

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