Medieval Hall House, Bignor, West Sussex

Long Man of Wilmington, East Sussex

St Botolph's Church, Steyning

Walks & talks, lectures - archaeology & history

Let me help you get to know a bit more about the past...and the present! You will find here details of talks, walks and lectures on history and archaeology in Sussex and Hampshire. 


My name is John Manley. I am a professional archaeologist and Trustee

of the Sussex Archaeological Society. I've excavated at Fishbourne Roman

Palace near Chichester and I've also dug in a number of countries including Iran, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Jordan, South Africa and the Caribbean.


In 2012 I published a book on The Archaeology of the South Downs National Park (available from Two more of my books - The Romans (Hodder) and  A Walking Guide to the Archaeology of the South Downs National Park (The History Press) were published in 2013. My book on Archaeology (Hodder) came out in 2014. In 2016 I edited two books on aspects of the cultural history of the SD National Park - one on Traditional Homes and one on the Secrets of the High Woods project. I'm currently co-editing a book on Churches in the National Park which will appear in 2017. 


I set up TimeTalks to provide an interesting and engaging talk or walk in Sussex

and Hampshire that can be tailored to the interests of your Group, Society

or Organisation. I try to bring the past, its archaeology and history, alive in

an entertaining way. The past is often unnoticed although always present in our lives. And to quote the opening line of Hartley's novel - 'The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there'. My goal is both to illustrate how the past shapes our present, and how our present differs from our past.  


I look forward to hearing from you!


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