The industrial history of Sussex - an alternative approach was the theme of the latest Bexhill Museum lecture given recently by Dr. Geoffrey Mead
David Hatherell, from the museum, said: “In fact there were several approaches to the central theme.
“Dr. Mead first dealt with the subject from an historical approach. He recounted the stories of the flint mines near Cissbury Ring, the pottery at Hartfield in the fourteenth century, the first blast furnace at Buxted in 1486, glass making in West Sussex in the following century and ending with tourism at Brighton from the 1720’s.
“He then approached the subject geographically noting the extensive forest that covered the Sussex Weald, the tide mills at Bishopstone, windmills, cement making from chalk - bricks from clay and plaster board from the gypsum mines.
We learned of changes over the centuries. There had been ten brickyards at Plumpton Green; boulder men from Rye collected blue stones to be sent to the Staffordshire potteries to be ground for glaze and finally shipyards at Shoreham.
“We also heard how innovative Sussex had been over the centuries such as the first motor racing in Bexhill in 1902. The oldest airport in the UK opened at Shoreham in 1910 and the invention of television at Hastings. Such topics were drawn together in our present day world. How we organise production, distribution and the use of our resources. It was a fascinating account of Sussex industry through the centuries and beautifully illustrated and inspiringly delivered.”
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