Welcome to the Home of Ditchling History
1914 - 1918
An Evening of Music and Words
9th November, 7.30 pm
at The Old Meeting House, The Twitten.
Tickets £5.00 available here
World War I
Street by Street
the impact of the Great War on Ditchling
20 Oct - 1 Dec 2018
a village trail
free trail leaflets available from local shops
Visit Ditchling this October and follow the trail around the central part of the village and you will be taken on a journey of discovery as you learn how the lives of individual Ditchling men and women, their families and businesses, were impacted by the Great War.
Look for the posters - street by street - telling the
stories of the men who left the village to fight as well as those men
and women who remained on home soil to work towards the war
effort in a myriad of ways - many taking on new roles. Discover also
the stories of those who gained exemptions to fulfil vital roles in the
village or, in one case, the imprisonment of a
conscientious objector who was unable to reconcile fighting
with his pacifist beliefs.
As we commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War this November we also look at life after the war for those who returned to a changed world.
With over 100 posters, it may not be possible to read every story in one go but you may like to make some return visits, perhaps to coincide with some of the other village celebrations to mark the hundredth centenary of World War I. More information on the 20 men named on the village war memorial can be found in the church where the story of the Red Cross Hospital in Ditchling is also told.
By way of introduction to the work of Ditchling History Project we have selected some of our favourite pages - follow the links below and then explore the rest of the site. If you have any questions or can tell us anything about your experiences of living in Ditchling, we would love to hear from you.