Plumpton was chosen for the rural strand of Hidden Histories as one of the University’s nearest neighbouring villages. Just a few miles away to the North of our campus, it takes a much longer circuitous journey to reach by road, as the village is tucked away on the other side of the South Downs National Park. Thus it is literally hidden away, approached by winding country lanes, and surrounded on all sides by agricultural and park land. Hidden Histories Plumpton worked with a group of local volunteers, equipping them with the skills to conduct, review and transcribe interviews with fifteen older residents of the village. All have witnessed the changes in village life over the past six decades. Some were born in Plumpton, others arrived in their youth, and all spent their working lives in the village. The exhibition explores their memories of shopping and trading; healthcare; childhood memories and play; work, industry and agriculture; holidays, entertainments and hobbies; community life and local traditions; wildlife, flora and fauna; and memories of the Second World War.
More information on the Plumpton rural page at the University of Sussex.