'Gems from the archives of The Grange'

Rottingdean Whiteway Centre

Special Event

'Gems from the archives of The Grange'

Day Saturday
Date6th April 2024
Time 10:30 - 12:30
Presenter Mike Laslett
Cost £12.00
Room Main Hall
Availability 20/40 Places
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Event Description


Sarah-Helen Snow        Rottingdean Village School   Rottingdean School

Always a firm favourite, Mike Laslett, local historian and archivist for Rottingdean Heritage, will be taking us through some of the wonderful and curious gems found deep in the archives of The Grange. This promises to be an insightful and interesting morning. Sandwiched between some of the more interesting and unusual items from the archive, Mike and Sarah-Helen Snow will read contemporary accounts of schoolboys from Rottingdean in the1800’s, the 1880’s and the 1940’s. These are from Dr Hooker’s school at The Grange, from the Village School for the local children and from Rottingdean School for wealthy boarders. 

Mike Laslett was frightened away from history by American and European political history at school, so he became a Geography teacher instead. However, his field trips always seem to lead to a priory, castle or monument of historic significance, thus his first series of rural rambles for West and East Sussex County Councils tended to be to places like Lewes, Lindfield, Bramber and Steyning. On moving to central Brighton his interests took him to guiding at churches, Brighton Festival walks, Brighton Greeter tours and The Old Cells Police Museum.
On moving to Saltdean a monthly local history article in the Deans magazine led to an offer to become Archivist at Rottingdean Heritage and sort out the archives, then residing in a large number of boxes and carrier bags! Having sorted them to some degree it was then possible to create a local history display in the south room at The Grange together with associated talks and tours. Two scrapbooks containing the best of the Dean’s articles and a guide to the Churchyard have been published.