The big Battle of Lewes festival weekend finally arrived, with a resounding drum roll, banners and colourful flags waving and jesters, kings, peasants, knights, monks, chickens and politicians in attendance. Here are photos to give a flavour of the event. A blog post about this festival can be found here.
The 750 anniversary of the Battle of Lewes (the ‘birth of British democracy’) was in May of this year. To commemorate this momentous event, the Lewes Youth Theatre and Sussex Downs College put on a hugely ambitious project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (young roots). They 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 with young people and a medieval-themed festival where a new play by John Agard was be performed.