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The Priest House, West Hoathly, East Sussex (on the edge of the Ashdown Forest)
Hands on Activity Days

Location: The Priest House, West Hoathly (see map)
Date: Wednesday August 31st - Thursday September 1st,, 2011
Participants: General Public/family groups

The ESAMP team will be at the Priest House for two days, running hands on activities at this historic property in West Hoathly. People of all ages will be able to try out authentic medieval building techniques, wall painting, embroidery and weaving as well as exploring the house and gardens. Bring a picnic and enjoy a day out.

Click HERE to find out more about this beautiful, early 15th century timber-framed hall-house, which once belonged to three Queens of England, and is now managed by Sussex Archaeological Society.

Admission prices: Adults: £3.50, Children (ages 5-15): £1.75, Students/OAPs: £3.00
All activites are free with your normal admission ticket on the day.
To download a poster and help publicize the event, click HERE. The poster is in pdf format and can be printed..

Priest House, West Hoathly

ESAMP weaving activity

Wood Fair

Location: Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum, near Halland, Lewes, East Sussex (see map)
Date: Friday September 16th- Sunday September 18th, 2011, 9:30 - 5pm
Participants: General Public/family groups (over 20,000 visitors)

ESAMP has had a continual presence at Woodfair for the last thirteen years. Woodfair is one of the largest environmentally themed events of its type in the UK. ESAMP presents a variety of demonstrations and activities over the three days. Our work and reconstructed buildings are designed to show people the rich tradition of early building types in Britain and to allow the public to explore the rich tapestry of everyday skills, knowledge and crafts which were commonplace in the past.

Click HERE to visit the Bentley Museum website and find out more about Wood Fair 2011.
There is a free bus service which runs from Lewes train station to Bentley Museum during the event.
Admission fees: Adult - £14, Senior Citizen/Student - £12, Child - £10, Family - £36 (2 adults & up
to 3 children)

ESAMP at Wood Fair Weaving at Wood Fair

ESAMP at Wood Fair ESAMP at Wood Fair



May Day Family Event

Location: Michelham Priory (near Hailsham)
Date: Sunday May 1st & Monday May 2nd, 2011
Participants: General Public / family groups
This is an annually held, two day public event located at ESAMP's Iron Age Activity centre at Michelham Priory. The event is designed to show people of all ages (through a series of engaging practical activities) what life might have been like for people living in the Iron Age in Sussex. This event was initially designed and set up by ESAMP and has been run every year for the last eighteen years in partnership with the Sussex Archaeological Society. On average two thousand five hundred people attend the event each year. Activities include weaving, making pots and woodwork. There will be demonstrations of cooking and flint tool making.

Moulsecoomb Heritage and Environment Festival

Location: Moulsecoomb School, Brighton
Date: Tuesday June 28th - Thursday June 30th, 2011
Participants: schoolchildren from East Sussex/ teachers/numerous local organisations and heritage groups/ the local community
This three-day event offers students and teachers from schools across Sussex to participate in numerous workshops and activities. This year students are involved in the construction of a Neolithic reconstruction building on the school grounds.

Excavation Neolithic Chalk House, Moulsecoomb School

Ancient Crafts & Technologies Summer School course
(University of Sussex CCE)

Location: Michelham Priory
Date: Mon July11th- Friday July 15th, 2011
Participants: 15 students from CCE

Fees: £220 (full), £155 (concessions)
Enrol directly with CCE. Tel: 01273 678527 or visit their website to download enrolment form.

This is an ESAMP course run in partnership with the Sussex Archaeological Society and the Centre for Community Engagement at the University of Sussex. It is held at Michelham Priory and attracts people from across the UK. Participants are taught a very wide range of ancient crafts by ESAMP staff and trainees. The course is recognized as being unique nationally in its scope and quality. This is the nineteenth year which the course has been offered.
Enrol directly with CCE.


Lewes Castle Archaeology Day

Location: Lewes Castle and Barbican House Museum, Lewes
Date: Thursday July 28th, 2011, 10:30am - 4pm
Participants: General Public/family groups

The ESAMP team will be.offering visitors to Lewes Castle a chance to try out a variety of hands on activities during their visit. Try your hand at weaving, pottery and flint knapping and find out about artefacts

Lewes Castle Archaeology Day

Flint Knapping


ESAMP Training services and educational work

ESAMP has been providing heritage and environmental training since 1984. Alongside this ESAMP also runs a diverse public archaeological education programme. ESAMP continues to build on this existing work, developing new opportunities for local people to participate and work in their local cultural and environmental heritage.

Training and voluntary work

ESAMP provides high quality training and volunteer placements for local people. These training placements run in partnership with East Sussex County Council, The Sussex Archaeological Society, the Brighton and Hove Museums Service and other organisations.

Many of the people who participate in training and voluntary work with ESAMP move into employment at the end of their time with ESAMP.

Schools' Education Programme

ESAMP offers a rich and diverse public and schools education programme. There are a number of strands to ESAMP's schools work. ESAMP works in partnership with Brighton Museum on an exciting outreach partnership. This involves taking a range of local Saxon grave goods and information on skeletal material into local schools and enabling the children to have a high level of direct access to this material. They are encouraged to investigate and interpret the material in a wide variety of ways. This work complemented ESAMP's existing archaeological outreach programme which is offered to a number of schools. ESAMP also carries out major reconstruction building projects with schools in East and West Sussex. These projects involve simulated excavations, the building of reconstruction Iron age roundhouses and a rich supporting programme of craft activities. The buildings become long term educational resources for the schools and ESAMP aims to work with the schools to develop further historical learning programmes and events.

Ceramics session

Public Education Programme

ESAMP delivers a wide range of public education events. These range from 'Castle Archaeology Day' at Lewes Castle to designing and running an 'Ancient Crafts and Technologies' course for the University of Sussex. ESAMP is present at many other public events including Woodfair, at the Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum.


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