Welcome to the Home of Ditchling History

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.


JOIN US AT ONE OF OUR DROP IN SESSIONS

 QUITE A DIFFERENT KIND OF LIFE IN DITCHLING

WINDOWS ON DITCHLING - A QUIZ


FINDING GRAVES AT ST MARGARET'S CHURCH

CONTRIBUTE TO THE ORAL HISTORY ARCHIVE

 WWI MEDALS RETURN TO DITCHLING: SEPT 2015

DITCHLING CHARACTER TALKS

JULY 1820 - THE FORGED FIVER

THE DITCHLING WAR MEMORIAL

ST MARGARET'S CHURCH: A HISTORY BY RICHARD ALLEN

WHERE WOULD YOU BE TO GET THIS VIEW?

Ditchling Families remember those who fell in the two World Wars

DITCHLING'S MEN AT THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME

 THOMAS BROOKER, OCTOBER 1916

KENNETH AND ALLEN BARCLAY, WWI

FRANK ELLIS UPSHALL, WWI

REMEMBERING HARRY LEGG WHO DIED 75 YEARS AGO IN WWII