Roedean’s first participation in Heritage Open Days

Roedean’s first participation in Heritage Open Days

12/09/2009

The purpose of Heritage Open Days is to get into, and look around, buildings which are not normally open to the general public. This year, over 155 sites were open in Brighton. We offered three ‘Roedean Past and Present’ tours. All were quickly fully booked; in total 85 people attended over the three days.

The highlight, however, was Dickie Dunn’s talk about Roedean’s spell as HMS Vernon during the Second World War. He shared some great stories, including how the Commanding Officer’s horse used to munch through the front quad grass, how he dodged customs officers with smuggled tobacco and a near miss with the Home Guard behind St Dunstan’s.

Visitor feedback:

“It has really given us an insight into what lies behind the fence and I am sure this will enhance your reputation in the community. Roedean seems like such a nice school, it was lovely to be able to go inside when I have seen it from the road so many times.”

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