Eastbourne Heritage Centre

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The Eastbourne Heritage Centre is housed in a delightful Grade II Listed Victorian tower house, 2 Carlisle Road Eastbourne, once the residence of the Devonshire Park and Baths Manager. The building was saved from the threat of demolition by the Eastbourne Society, restored and converted by Richard Crook RIBA, and a team of volunteers with a grant from the Carnegie UK Trust.

The Eastbourne Heritage Centre provides exhibitions about Eastbourne, celebrating our iconic seaside built heritage as well as providing a home for the Eastbourne Society. New exhibitions and films about Eastbourne are shown each season.


Discover Eastbourne.. the story of how the town developed into a fashionable, stylish, well-planned Victorian seaside resort, and see how it has grown and expanded over the years becoming the town it is today.

Displays include:

East of the Pier see the buildings where fishermen and working men and women of the town lived.
Frontline Eastbourne see original press photographs from Beckett newspapers capturing scenes of Eastbourne the most heavily bombed south coast resort during WWII.

NEW EXHIBITIONS FOR 2016 - until 29 October

Eastbourne Streetscapes Through Time- A selling exhibition of new works by artist Paul Jordan 7 May - 29 October

Researching archives and discovering original photographs and engravings of Eastbourne's streets Paul Jordan has worked from these resources to create his new watercolour and ink artworks. Each of his pictures showing in juxtaposition the same street during different eras and providing the viewer with the opportunity to contrast and compare the changing streetscapes of the town.

Paul Jordan’s original artworks are for sale and prints to order, a catalogue of the exhibition is also available.


How 'Streetscapes' Evolved by Paul Jordan
17 August - talk tickets £5.00, doors open 6.00pm, talk starts 7.00pm*

Paul Jordan describes how he researched records and archives to create the artworks in his new exhibition Eastbourne Streetscapes Through Time.


150 Years of Eastbourne Pier - Now on
Celebrating 150 years of Eastbourne Pier this exhibition has on special loan, renowned pier architect Eugenius Birch’s original 1865 drawn plan for Eastbourne Pier, and traces through photographs and artefacts the Pier's continuing development.


Timeline of Eastbourne Pier by Richard Crook –
14 September - talk tickets £5.00, doors open 6.00pm, talk starts 7.00pm*
An architectural authority on the development of Eastbourne Pier, Richard leads us through 150 years of pier architect Eugenius Birch’s iconic structure.

*Tickets include wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee, and light snacks, with the opportunity to see the new exhibitions and displays at the Centre. Tickets obtainable at the Centre beforehand, or at the talks. Booking is advisable.

Venue Type:

Museum, Architecture centre

Opening hours

Opening times:

Until October 29 2016 open on: Mon, Tues, Thurs 2pm-5pm, Fri 10am-1pm, Sat 10am-4pm.

November 2016 to Easter 2017 please visit www.eastbourneheritagecentre.co.uk or telephone 01323 411189 to check opening times before visiting

Admission charges

- Adult £3.00
- Senior/Student £2.50
- Child £1.00
- Family £6.00

All of the above full price entry tickets are valid for 28 days allowing the purchaser re-entry during afternoon opening hours. Please retain your ticket should you wish to make use of this and visit us within 28 days.

Group visits

Discounts are available for schools and colleges to visit the Centre outside of opening hours. Advance booking is necessary.

The Centre and cinema is also available for hire for meetings, presentations and talks outside or opening hours.

Please contact Eastbourne Heritage Centre for further information on 01323 411189

Getting there

- 15 minutes walk from the Railway Station and Terminus Road buses
- No. 3 bus (to Meads) stops outside
- Pay and display parking is available on Carlisle Road and the seafront

Eastbourne Heritage Collection includes:-

Architectural details
- Cast iron street furniture and railings, Stoneware urn, terracotta roof tiles and finials, plaster mouldings and zinc roof tiles from the seafront and town

Original town plans
- for Victorian Eastbourne drawn up by architects Henry Currey and Nicholas Whitley

Scale models
- William Figg's map of Eastbourne of 1817, Railway Station, Winter Garden, Old Town, Bandstand and Sovereign Harbour

Printed and other materials
- Postcards and ephemera
- Engravings and watercolours
- Oil paintings

Due to space restrictions in the building selected items from our Collection are on display and may change from time to time to accommodate special exhibitions.

New for 2014

The Heritage Centre Collection online

The Collection is being archived, catalogued and photographed - the first phase showing a selection of postcard views of Eastbourne will be seen on our new website www.eastbourneheritagecentre.co.uk

Collection details

Architecture, Photography, Social History

Getting there

- 15 minutes walk from the Railway Station and Terminus Road buses
- No. 3 bus (to Meads) stops outside
- Pay and display parking is available on Carlisle Road and the seafront

Eastbourne Heritage Centre
2 Carlisle Road
East Sussex
BN21 4BT






01323 411189

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.