Worthing Museum host weekend celebration of Saxon Sussex

Worthing Museum have announced that they will be hosting their second Saxon Sussex Weekend on 27-28 April, following the huge popularity of their previous event last year.

On Friday 27th they will be teaming up with the South Downs Society for a tour of the local Anglo-Saxon churches, starting at the historical Sompting church at 9.30am, the tour will then followed by a walk up the Adur valley to visit the beautiful churches at Botolphs & Coombes.

On Saturday 28th Worthing Museum will be welcoming the Gesithas Englishcan Anglo-Saxon society as well as the Weorod Living History Group to the museum for a series of lectures and demonstrations of life in early Saxon Sussex throughout the day. This will involve battle re-enactments, living history demonstrations and possibly even a burial…

James Sainsbury, Archaeologist for Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, says: “The last Saxon Weekend was an astounding success so I’m particularly excited about our second event around these enigmatic settlers who founded Sussex and eventually England itself.  We are very lucky in Worthing to have such important Saxon sites like Highdown Hill in the vicinity.  The Weorod Living History Group are superb at re-creating the costume, lifestyle and weapons from the early Saxon period when places like Highdown would have been used as cemeteries for whole communities.  It promises to be a fantastic weekend, covering everything from pagan burial practices to later churches like Sompting”

Both events are free of charge to attend and all ages are welcome. For more information on Saxon Weekend visit worthingmuseum.co.uk or call Worthing Museum on 01903 221 448.

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