Eastbourne: Fishing, Smuggling and Boating

Saturday 28th October 2017 at 2pm.  Venue and coffee bar open from 1pm.

Local History enthusiast Alan Wenham presents his fifth in-depth talk on the
evolution of the town with this richly illustrated look at Eastbourne’s links with the sea in Eastbourne: Fishing, Smuggling and Boating.

Alan is well known by many as chair of 3VA and his involvement with the University of the Third Age – and those that have follow his inspiring presentations on Eastbourne over the past few years will realise he currently holds the record for the most attended of our talks – all 170 seats were occupied, others stood round the walls AND people were queuing to get in!

Past presentations by Alan have been filmed and are available for viewing and purchase – read details at the end of this listing.

In today’s presentation Alan will take a look at how the town’s expert seasen earned a living in Victorian and Edwardian Eastbourne.  It is a story of hardship and heroics, of brotherhood and bravado – and if you thought that smuggling was just a little local pastime, prepare to be shocked.

This presentation will surely be as popular and with such an engaging and personable speaker as Alan – and some amazing photographs and facts to learn about our town – you’ll be taken on a journey and adventure through time, down the main artery of the town centre, and have yet another inspired deeper understanding of how Eastbourne got to where it is today.


The talk starts at 2pm and the UGT is open from 10am for our regular free music with the coffee bar  open until 4pm to enjoy soft or alcoholic drinks, tea, coffee and light snacks.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

With full recognition that the UGT has no disabled access and as part of the venue’s ongoing commitment to be accessible to all, this event will be filmed and available on DVD.

Eastbourne’s East End and The Evolution of Terminus Road – Alan’s presentations from 2015 – are now available on DVD from the Eastbourne Heritage Centre shop.

Eastbourne Society Official Website