Heritage Eastbourne’s monthly talks are making a welcome return next month, beginning with a special focus on the local dialect which makes Sussex so unique.

The ‘Culture & Conversation’ talks, which take a look at a variety of aspects of social history and heritage each month, will begin with a tongue twisting trek into times gone by, revealing the verbal history of the town’s language.

Kicking off on Saturday 9 July with ‘Making a ‘Sussex’ Name for Yourself’, Kelly van Doorn will be explaining how local geography, locations and occupations have shaped the names and dialect of Eastbourne locals, with long lasting effects still heard today. 

From being called a Scaddle by a Bozzler after too many Bumboos, Kelly will reveal the quirks of the town’s particularly unique language and how it came to be – you’d be Willocky to miss it!

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Member for Tourism & Culture, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “We cannot wait to share some of our heritage secrets with you, and what a fun way to start this journey.  This is such a special part of the country, and it is wonderful to be able to celebrate and reveal the many layers behind our unique heritage, all in the superb setting of our historic Devonshire Park.”  

Further talks include ‘Behind the Seams’ on 27 August with Katherine Buckland, taking a journey through Eastbourne’s fashion history, unravelling the stories behind the style.  Katherine will reveal that you really ‘are what you wear’ and how the clothes that people wore and fashion choices they made, can give clues about who they were, as well as who they were not.

The run continues on 3 September, as Lizzie Williams features some of the stories of Beachy Head with ‘Looting, Lighthouses and Larks’ in a look at the unique history surrounding one of the UK’s most iconic landmarks.

Tickets to each talk costs £5 per person, taking place from 2pm – 3.30pm in top floor Hardwick Suite of the International Lawn Tennis Centre in Devonshire Park.  Ticket holders can also pick up a hot drink and cake from the DQ Terrace Bar & Cafe to enjoy before, during or after the talk for just £4, in an exclusive Heritage Eastbourne deal for visitors on the day.

For more information and to book tickets, visit HeritageEastbourne.co.uk