14 April 2022

A new app is being launched as part of the Steyning Festival, on Wednesday 1st June, which will give insight into Steyning's lively social history. You will find out about the lives of 24 former Steyning residents, who lived in the area decades, or hundreds, of years ago. They include the World War II pilot who undertook secret missions, the smuggler, the suffragette and a soldier from Napoleonic times.  All you will need is a smart phone, and there will be no charge for these half-hour self-guided audio tours.

There is an introductory video here.

Booking for the tours is through the Steyning Festival Website. See    
The app is entirely the work of local volunteers for the community and represents a long-standing collaboration between the Steyning Museum and the Friends of Steyning Parish Church.
The app is created using Echoes technology and tours are suitable for all ages. There is no charge although donations will be welcome. A written transcript of the tour will be available from the Museum for use during visits.

The app follows the success of the Graveyard Gossip leaflets, created by Museum volunteers Lois Roemer and Lesley Slater, and which outline the lives of some 21 local characters. These leaflets are published and distributed by the Friends. The new app was developed more recently by Nick Quinn, who is also a Museum volunteer, and will talk about 24 entirely new people.

Both the Festival organisers and the Friends of the Steyning Parish Church are made up of local volunteers and they welcome new members and supporters.

The Friends of Steyning Parish Church are a group of volunteers who work to involve the general community in using and appreciating the Church. The Friends also seek to raise money to preserve and beautify this magnificent Norman building, the most important Romanesque Church in Sussex. The Friends welcome members including those who are not of any religion – it is a secular organisation.
Steyning Museum is an independent museum, run entirely by volunteers from the community. It is open Wednesday-Sunday 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.


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