The Grange Museum has a wide range of exhibitions and displays of interest to all ages. Old Rottingdean is captured in the large collection of photographs showing how the village has changed over time. The agricultural heritage of the village is featured in displays about the work of the blacksmith and the shepherd and is shown in the story of the windmill. Also shown is Magnus Volks' amazing "Daddy-Long-Legs" seashore railway - a short-lived inventionthat ran three miles from a point opposite Paston Place in Brighton to a specially constructed pier at Rottingdean. Built on 24ft high stilts, to counteract the high tide through which it had to run, it accommodated 150 people, was virtually wrecked by a storm after running for one week in November 1896 and was repaired to return to service the following summer. Sadly, by 1901 it was deemed a white elephant and finally scrapped along with its pier in 1910.
The Museum has an exhibition dedicated to the lives of some of the famous residents in the village. Amongst others are the writer Enid Bagnold, (whose book "National Velvet" was made into a film that clearly identified with her life in Rottingdean and starred a young Elisabeth Taylor), and Fox Talbot, the father of photography. Also, more recently, the internationally known folk singer Bob Copper whose old family folk songs formed the basis for the foundation of the English Folk Song Society and whose family's farming history in the area dates back to the 16th Century. There is a whole room devoted to the life and work of Edward Burne-Jones, one of the most celebrated Pre-Raphaelite artists and a village resident, whose stained glass windows, created in collaboration with William Morris, can be seen in nearby St Margaret's Church.
The Grange Art Gallery is a bright and popular gallery offering a showcase for original
and affordable art in a wide range of media including, painting, photography, sculpture and textile art. The gallery offers wall space for approximately 45 paintings. Exhibitions change constantly throughout the year, varying in length from two to five weeks. Displays of craft work - ceramics, glassware, jewellery, sculpture, work in wood, etc - are changed every two months.
Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 2pm - 4pm
The Green, Rottingdean
Brighton & Hove