Horsham Museum and Art Gallery
Horsham Museum is situated at the head of the Causeway one of Sussex's and most picturesque streets of period buildings. The museum building itself dates back to the 1400's and is well worth a visit alone. Horsham Museum is a treasure house of local history housed in over 26 galleries. There are two small, very pretty walled gardens. The museum has a purpose built education room and talks are available for schools. There is a school loan and reminiscence loan box service. The museum has a programme of temporary exhibitions throughout the year in two exhibition rooms so there is always something new to see. Due to the age of the building, the first floor is not accessible to wheelchairs.
CONSTANTLY CHANGING TEMPORATY EXHIBITION PROGRAMME. SEE EXHIBITION TAG OR CALL FOR DETAILS OF "WHATS ON".
Closed: Sunday & Bank Holidays
There is a public pay and display car park just to the rear of the museum.
Agriculture, Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Law and Order, Literature, Medicine, Music, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War, World Cultures
Key artists and exhibits
- Bicycles, saddlery, Shelley books, geology, costume, costume accessories, toys, kitchen and gardening, rural crafts and trades, Cabinet of Curiosity, crime and punishment.
Horsham Perambulated – or a tour of Edwardian Horsham
- 7 January — 25 March 2017 *on now
Explore with us the fascinating and eye-opening Maps of Edwardian Horsham that reveal many forgotten nooks and crannies. Some of the maps were drawn up to create an Edwardian doomsday book, now they are used to show where pubs were, the cattle pens in the bishopric, saw mills, iron works, pleasure grounds etc. Alongside these historic maps will be photographs, costume and interesting items that bring the streets to life.
- Any age
Stitching Time - featuring the work of Iris Bishop
- 7 February — 17 March 2017 *on now
The wonderful textile creations of Sussex artist Iris Bishop include digital print fabrics and finely woven silks, with intricately stitched, translucent weaves of colour for a contemporary take on textiles. Take for example one of Iris’s latest designs - ‘Floral Fantasy’ - a digital print on silk crepe-de-chine fabric. Gorgeous soft, silky fabric which slips lightly through your fingers, the design is layered with images of flowers, drawings, photographs and motifs from her 3D work. Or ‘Macrame Flow’, with its bright yarns and inspirational recycled materials, including strips of sari silk skilfully knotted and braided into a free form piece that drapes elegantly around the body. Iris will also be stitching time together within her own display as well as with the museum’s, as she showcases the story of some of her techniques in a fascinating display case.
- Any age
Silence and Slow Time – the fine art of Benjamin Smith
- 7 February — 10 March 2017 *on now
The stunning exhibition by this award-winning artist shows how the techniques of painting, drawing and composition created by the great painters in the European art tradition are still relevant today. And, when you see Benjamin Smith’s work in the flesh - when you stand in its presence - you will realise just how powerful these techniques and skills are. To translate the image through the medium of paint or pencil into an image that stays with you long after first viewing is a powerful ability that few genuinely have: that is why Old Masters have that status, and precisely why Benjamin Smith is an artist whose work you will want to explore again and again.
Reminiscence Loan Box Service
Horsham Museum and Art Gallery runs a popular Reminiscence loans service, tailored for care homes and carers in the district. Please note, these are not suitable for loan to schools.
The Reminiscence Loan Boxes are loaned free of charge to residential homes, sheltered accommodation and any club for the elderly throughout the Horsham District. The boxes are also available to organisations for the elderly outside the District for an annual fee of £100. This fee allows you to borrow as many boxes as you like and also gives you a discount on the fee for Reminiscence Training.
How to obtain
Call us on 01403 254959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
School workshops and Learning
School workshops are run by Miranda Mitchell, a freelance Education Officer who has worked closely with Horsham Museum over a number of years to tell, explain and explore fascinating stories. The workshops offer talks and handling sessions with a selection of high historical value items enabling greater interaction between the objects and students. Workshops can be cross-curricular and range from those designed for early years/reception through to Key Stage 4. Workshops can be held either at your own premises or, if you wish to increase the benefit to your students, at the Museum when a walking tour of the museum can be included.
A visit from the education officer will bring history to life, capturing the children's imagination. A detailed description of the Discover and Explore can be found on the Museum's website, where common themes are listed.
How to obtain
Contact Horsham Museum on 01403 254959
Horsham Museum and Art Gallery
General email address for all enquires