About The Sussex Archaelogical Society
We are a registered charity whose charitable aims are to enable people to enjoy, learn about and have access to the heritage of Sussex. We do this by opening historic sites in Sussex to visitors old and young, providing research facilities in our library, running excavations, providing a finds identification service and offering a variety of walks, talks and conferences on the archaeology and history of Sussex.
Anne of Cleves House
At Anne of Cleves House you can explore how the Tudors and Elizabethans lived, worked and relaxed at home. Find out about the part played by this beautiful medieval house in the story of one of England’s most famous kings, Henry VIII. Other highlights include the authentically furnished kitchen and the garden which uses traditional plants and Tudor planting schemes.
Climb to the top of this 1000 year old Norman Castle for stunning panoramic views across Sussex. The adjoining Barbican House is home to the fascinating Museum of Sussex Archaeology and a mini cinema which tells the story of Lewes and the castle from prehistoric to medieval times.
Find out about Michelham’s fascinating 800 year history, from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries in Tudor times and into its later life as a country house. It is ideal for a family day out. As well as the historic house, additional highlights include seven acres of grounds, kitchen garden, medieval herb garden, working watermill, forge, replica Bronze Age roundhouse and children’s play area.
Bull House is the headquarters of Sussex Archaeological Society. For six years between 1768 and 1774 it was the home of revolutionary writer Tom Paine, the intellectual inspiration behind the American revolution. The house is not generally open to the public, but tours of the house can be booked at the weekend with local historic tour guide Mary Burke.
Fishbourne Roman Palace & Gardens
Imagine the luxury that would once have surrounded the proud owner of this lavish Roman residence. This palace was certainly fit for a king. Stroll around the recreated Roman gardens – the earliest gardens found anywhere in the country –and enjoy the largest collection of mosaics in situ in the UK.
The striking chequerboard flint and Caen limestone facade is part of one of the oldest Norman buildings in Sussex. The museum tells the story of Shoreham’s maritime and local history from prehistoric to medieval times. Two unexpected local industries, illustrated by the museum’s collection of historic photographs, are Shoreham airport and Shoreham Beach film industry. Once the centre of the UK’s silent movie industry, the film companies set up here in 1914, drawn by the special quality of the light.
The Priest House
The only one of its kind open to the public, this beautiful 15th century Wealden hall house stands in a traditional cottage garden on the edge of the Ashdown Forest in picturesque West Hoathly. The house was owned in turn by Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell, Anne of Cleves, Mary I and Elizabeth I. It is now furnished with 17th & 18th century country furniture and domestic objects while the garden is planted with over 170 culinary, medicinal & household herbs. The resident curator gives fascinating tours of the house and garden if requested and you are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the cottage garden.
The Long Man
We look after a number of landscape sites in Sussex, the most striking of which is the Long Man of Wilmington, mysterious guardian of the South Downs, who has baffled archaeologists and historians for hundreds of years.