Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress continues its captivating season of Culture and Cake talks on 18 June, with an exploration into ‘The Day that Sussex Died’ as guest lecturer, Dr Chris Kempshall examines the impact of the First World War in East Sussex, from recruitment to the Battle of the Boar's Head.
Associate Tutor at the University of Sussex and Associate Lecturer for the University of Kent, Dr Chris Kempshall leads this thought-provoking talk about one of the most fatal battles in WW1 which had a profound impact on the courageous soldiers on the Front Line and those left behind in Sussex.
On 30 June 1916 the men of the South Downs Battalions, ‘Lowther’s Lambs’, went over the top at ‘The Boar’s Head’, near Richebourg in France. What happened next has become known as ‘The Day that Sussex Died’. This educational talk followed by a Q&A session, cake and refreshments in the vintage themed Outpost café, delves into the details of what happened that day and how these volunteer battalions gave their lives in an attempt to ensure success for the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
This Culture and Cake talk complements the current exhibition, For Hearth, Home and Honour? Eastbourne learns the Reality of War, at the Redoubt Fortress from now until 13 November. In the exhibition, discover more about the lives of the ordinary Eastbourne men who faced terror and horror on the fateful day in June 1916, when over 1000 men from Sussex were wounded or killed.
Tickets are available to buy at the Tourist Information Centre or can be purchased online. Tickets cost £6 per person and include cake and a hot drink and entry to the museum. Culture and Cake takes place at the Redoubt Fortress at 2.30pm on Saturday 18 June.
Picture: Royal Sussex Regiment 'Lowther's Lamb' Battalion Officers at Cooden, 1916 courtesy of Heritage Eastbourne