Summer 2018 highlights include:
EASTBOURNE PIER: A STORY OF SURVIVAL
Constructed in 1872, during its long history this creator of happy holiday memories for generations of visitors to the Sussex resort has suffered fi re, storm and damage from a wartime mine. Now fully refurbished, it is once again open for business.
THE CIRCUS KING
We have all heard of Billy Smart, Chipperfi elds and Bertram Mills, but it was Philip Astley, a native of
Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire, who, 250 years ago, presented the very first entertainment involving horses, acrobats, trained animals and clowns.
THE ROYAL PARKS OF LONDON
Originally owned by the monarchy, there are eight in all: havens of peace, places for exercise and recreation, and keepers of English history and heritage among the lakes, trees and pathways.
’PER ARDUA AD ASTRA’
Translated as “Through adversity to the stars”, during its glorious 100-year history, in war and peace, the RAF has more than lived up to its motto. We celebrate its centenary and highlight some of the events that are planned for 2018.
CENTENARY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR
The execution of merchant seaman Captain Charles Fryatt in 1916 caused outrage in England and widespread condemnation of Germany and the Kaiser. We pay tribute to a true English hero.