Sussex Day

Well Sussex Day didn't start bright and cheerful did it - rain and more rain! But by the time I went into Chichester to meet my guests for the walking tour of the City, the rain had stopped and by the end of the tour the sun was shining! I wonder what the weather was...

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The Romans have returned!

Roman week has returned to Chichester this Spring Bank Holiday with a wealth of things to see and do, to remind us all of our ancient heritage. Chichester is one of the few original Roman towns in the country that can boast such wonderfully intact walls. We really...

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Do you know where this is?

I can hardly believe that Chichester's Street Art Festival took place five years ago! Most of the works were removed almost immediately after the temporary planning permission had expired as many locals were 'champing at the bit' to ensure that Chichester was returned...

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Otter Gallery Exhibition

There has recently been an exhibition centred on street art at the Otter Gallery at the University of Chichester based on the experiences of two of the professors at the university: Hugo Frey and Dick Ellis. This is something that interests me a great deal. One of the...

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Bernstein in Chichester

Celebrations are going on throughout the world in 2018 to commemorate Leonard Bernstein's centennial year! And not least in Chichester! A wide ranging programme of events have been announced - concerts, ballet, workshops, revues, jazz, talks, film shows, exhibitions...

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Herissons in the Chichester Cathedral

Whilst I was on duty in Chichester Cathedral a couple of days ago, I was chatting with the erstwhile head guide - a fount of all knowledge. He mentioned the hedgehogs in the North Transept, as if I was well aware of them. So I had to come clean and admit that I'd...

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Victorian Giants

The Beast from the East thwarted my attempt to visit Glasgow to enjoy all the art and culture the city has to offer. The night sleeper from Euston, booked many months ago, was cancelled and from what I heard about conditions on the streets up there, it seems that was...

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Sunshine reveals Gravestone Secrets

I am part of a team conducting a graveyard survey in the churchyard of St Nicholas Church, Mid Lavant. Last October we spent a weekend learning all about the need to record the gravestones of ancient parish churchyards, before the writing on the stones vanishes...

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Spring is on its Way

A couple of weeks ago, before the ‘Beast from the East’ arrived, I conducted a guided tour of Goodwood en route to the lambing shed! The cheeky little chap you see here had been born just the night before we arrived. We were a group of about twenty – adults and...

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