Before a start could be made on building the village for the Battle of Lewes celebrations, all the material had to get on site and this had to be done by hand. This was not because there was some idea of it having to be done ‘medieval-style’ but purely because there was no practical way of getting the heavy hurdles and willow out onto a sodden marshy flood plain other than bit by bit, person by person.
The 750 anniversary of the Battle of Lewes (the ‘birth of British democracy’) is coming up in May. To commemorate this momentous event, the Lewes Youth Theatre and Sussex Downs College are putting on a hugely ambitious project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (young roots). They have asked me to document the event and mentor one of their photography students. I gladly agreed as I loved the whole project: building a medieval village for students to live in for 3 days, inviting prominent politicians and political thinkers to come to the village to discuss Democracy and a medieval-themed festival where a new play by John Agard will be performed.