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Through Battle the Land and the Nation
BDHS is an active and thriving local history society covering not just Battle but the area around this historic town. Our 2020-2021 season programme can be seen by clicking the Programme bar on the left.
To join or re-join see details of ‘How to Join’ on the drop down menu on the left. Visitors are normally welcome to lectures for a small fee – refundable if you join! But at the moment the Society is ‘virtual’ with access to lectures on Zoom only via membership, so to get the access code for each lecture please join!
Drop into the ‘Newsletter and News’ tag on the left to get up to date information about what is happening within and around the society.
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Covid-19 Situation (update 06/10/2020)
Meetings are at present taking place via Zoom. Before each meeting we send an email to BDHS members with a link to enable them to join the meeting. From there it’s a couple of easy steps to “attend” the talk. There’s a strong field of speakers in the 2020/21 season, as good as they would be in normal times, lined up for members. Details of all the speakers are in the Annual Mailing, which Membership Secretary Jeremy Field has issued, and will send to new members. Clearly we will only restart physical meetings when it is practical to do so, the rules enable it, and people feel secure enough to attend in room big enough for all with Social Distancing.
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Battle and District Historical Society The Society is one of the lively and active societies of the town of Battle and welcomes members from all over the district and further afield. With a regular lecture programme that attracts expert speakers you can expect to hear talks on a wide range of historic subjects, be able to participate in our research and reading groups, have access to our unique archive and be offered an occasional visit to somewhere of historical importance. Above all you will be welcomed!
Collectanea – our Virtual Library Collectanea is our virtual library of papers concerning the history of Battle and District. Written mainly by local historians each paper is well researched. We cover the history of our area from pre-historic to near modern times with a comprehensive range of subjects. Click on the icon above or the link on the left menu to go to Collectanea .
Battle Museum of Local History If you are visiting Battle do not forget to include a visit to the Battle Museum of Local History. An excellent small museum, with free entry, you will be able to see amongst many interesting objects ‘The Battle Axe’ possibly the only example of a weapon used at the Battle of Hastings. Also included in the 1066 exhibition is a complete print of the Bayeux Tapestry by Charles Stothard, recreations of scenes from the Tapestry and a replica of the Alderney Tapestry which was completed in 2013..
GeoTourist The BDHS Research Group have contributed a Battle History Tour to the GeoTourist App. Sponsored by Battle Town Council it is narrated by the actor, Anton Lesser. Go to Google Play or Apple App stores to download it to your Smartphone. Or see section R of Collectanea.
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About Battle Battle is a small town in East Sussex, England. It is twinned with St Valery-sur-Somme in France, from whence William launched his invasion of England, which led to the Battle of Hastings. Battle town was founded to support Battle Abbey, built on the site of the Battle of Hastings, where William, Duke of Normandy, defeated Harold Godwinson. William founded the famous abbey in 1070 to atone for the many deaths, not just at the time of his victory but over the next four years as he subjugated England. Battle lies at the heart of 1066 Country – a leading destination of historical significance and within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.There are: an annual Arts and Music Festival in October; an annual Marbles Match and Easter Bonnet Parade on Good Friday; a Medieval Fayre during the late May Bank Holiday; a Scarecrow Festival in July; Battle of Hastings re-enactments in October; Battel Bonfire Boyes celebrations in November; and Battle is lit up for Christmas. This unique town is 55 miles (89km) south of London, on the London to Hastings rail line and just off the A21. Hastings, St Leonards on Sea and Bexhill lie on the English Channel coast 6 miles (9.5km) to the south, with Rye to the east and Pevensey to the west.
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