Cuckfield Museum is a small volunteer run, independent museum, housed on the first floor of historic Queen's Hall situated on Cuckfield’s medieval High Street. Wheelchair access to the first floor is provided by lift. There are toilet facilities on the ground floor.
The Museum aims to reflect and provide an insight into Cuckfield’s community, culture and historic past stretching back to pre-history when dinosaurs roamed the area and where millions of years later, the settlement of Cuckfield was established.
Cuckfield’s recorded history dates back to at least 1091 according to a charter in the British Museum. It is the site of an ancient market; its church has C13th origins; many of its major buildings date back to the C16th; and its Charter was granted by Charles II in 1671. Cuckfield was also an important staging post on the London to Brighton stagecoach route during the Regency period.
Wednesday and Friday: 10am – 12.30pm
Saturday : 10am – 4pm,
or by appointment.
The Museum is closed during January
Admission is free, but as the museum is an independent charity run entirely by volunteers, donations are appreciated.
The Museum has a permanent exhibition of items from its collection illustrating various aspects of life in and around Cuckfield during the last two hundred years. The museum houses a local history reference library and document archive. It has a large collection of photographs including some by Douglas Miller, son of watercolourist Fred Miller, two of whose newly restored pictures are on display. The history of local trades is represented, in particular clockmaking. The museum's Chinoiserie longcase clock is a fine example of the work of Edward Gatland who was buried in the Cuckfield churchyard in 1780. Two big names featured in the museum are the paleontologist Gideon Mantell who discovered the iguanodon fossils and the artist Robert Bevan, friend of Gauguin and founder member of the Camden Town Group.
Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Science and Technology
Key artists and exhibits
- Gideon Mantell
- Robert Bevan