Eastbourne Heritage Centre

Eastbourne Heritage Centre
2 Carlisle Road
East Sussex
BN21 4BT

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014






01323 411189

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Eastbourne WWII
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The Eastbourne Heritage Centre is housed in a delightful Grade II Listed Victorian tower house 2 Carlisle Road Eastbourne. It was fomerly 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 too. New displays 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. See how it grew and expanded over the years to include a marina today.

Exhibits include original maps, architectural details, artefacts, photographs and scale models of the Bandstand, Winter Garden, Railway Station and Sovereign Harbour.

New for 2014

East of the Pier My Dear!

Board our Eastbourne motor omnibus and take a journey through the East side of the town beyond the Queen's Hotel designed and built by architect Henry Currey to act as a deliberate barrier separating the upper class West side from the East! Discover the past and present buildings steeped in history - the Marine Seawater Baths, Leaf Hall and Charles Jewell clubs, a coach maker, Tom Thumb fisherman's cottages, a Steam Laundry, Christ Church and beyond to the Crumbles and Sovereign Harbour.

Front Line Eastbourne

Now to end of December 2014

Commemorating 75 years since WW II began and showing war time images of Eastbourne, one of the most heavily bombed towns on the south coast.

Find out about

the spirit of the people who stayed
evacuation of the children
the destruction by enemy bombing
then and now photographs

Children will love the fun photo shoot! Cut-out of WWII evacuees leaving Eastbourne by train, for children to pop their heads through and have a photo taken by you as a memento of the exhibition. Do please bring your camera.

Women's Land Army - a Sussex connection
Wednesday 16 July

By Ian Everest (former curator of Newhaven Fort)
Drawing on his mother's memories of working for the Women's Land Army in Sussex this talk will provide an insight into the vital role of women at a time of national food storages and rationing.

Centre opens 6: providing an opportunity to see Front Line Eastbourne exhibition
enjoy refreshments: wine and soft drinks included in admission
Talk starts 7
Tickets £5.00

Front Line Eastbourne

Accompanying the exhibition the Eastbourne Heritage Centre has re-printed a replica of 1945 commemorative booklet about Eastbourne in WWII, packed with photographs from the Eastbourne Herald and Gazette newspapers. It is available from the Heritage Centre shop £5.99


The shop offers gifts, postcards, stylish souvenirs and a wide range of books about Eastbourne's heritage and selection of items about WWII.


Cinema showing short films about Eastbourne, please check for daily programme, a selection of the films include:-

- Eastbourne, Suntrap of the South 1966
Families on holidays enjoying the delights of the seaside and local
Sussex beauty spots

- Eastbourne, Suntrap and Showplace of the South 1975
Promoting the town's holiday activities and entertainments

- Image Eastbourne 2013
Short film of Eastbourne Society's photographic competition with
images and poem about the town

- Beachy Head and Eastbourne Downland
Iconic scenery of the coast and countryside at the gateway to the
South Downs Way

- Coastal Ways: Eastbourne
Handsome buildings, splendid promenades and beaches are the backdrop
to the Eastbourne story

Tickets are valid for 28 days allowing the purchaser re-entry during afternoon opening hours. Please retain your ticket should you wish to visit us within 28 days to see the film programme or to re-visit the exhibition.

Venue Type:

Museum, Architecture centre

Opening hours

12 April to 31 October:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 2-5pm
Friday 10am-1pm
Saturday 10am-4pm
(closed Wednesday, Sunday and Good Friday)

November 2014 to Easter 2015
please visit www.eastbourneheritagecentre.co.uk or telephone 01323 411189 to check opening times before visiting

Admission charges

- Adult £2.50
- Senior/Student £2.00
- Child £1.00
- Family £5.00

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