Littlehampton Museum

Littlehampton Museum
Manor House
Church Street
Littlehampton
West Sussex
BN17 5EW
England

Website

www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk

E-mail

museum@littlehampton-tc.gov.uk

Telephone

01903 738100

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Littlehampton Museum
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Littlehampton Museum is in the heart of the town centre and offers a fascinating insight into the community’s social history through a variety of exciting galleries, many with audio points and interactive elements to help guide you through the history of the town.

Admission and helpful advice is all FREE so come along and enjoy a visit to your local family museum.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

OPEN Mon - Fri 09:00 - 4:30pm
Sat 10:30 - 4:30pm*

* Closed Public Bank Holidays and 25th December - 1st January (inclusive).

Admission charges

Admission FREE!

Getting there

Free parking for 2 hours (collect a parking disc from reception) is available in all of the nearby town centre car parks.

The Museum is just a 5 minute walk through the pedestrianised High Street, or a 2 minute walk from the bus station at Anchor Springs.

Additional info

ACCESS: ramped entrance - all displays on ground floor.

The collection includes a wealth of archaeological material from the surrounding area including Angmering Roman Villa, the Climping coin hoard and features Bronze and Iron Age exhibits. We also have an impressive fine art collection featuring work by A. Plant, Leslie Wilcox, Maurice Randall and Henry Nibbs. Our focus on the social history of the town is reflected in the galleries where you can use interactives to explore our collections on display.

Visitors may view any of our stored collections by prior arrangement with the Curator, please contact at 01903 738100 or museum@littlehampton-tc.gov.uk.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Inland Waterways, Land Transport, Maritime, Photography, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Fletcher Collection: over 200 miniature ship models
  • The 'Everyman Cruiser'
  • Harry Burtenshaw's fishing gear
  • Victorian nightdress
  • Bottles from the Anchor Springs Brewery
  • Mr Jannaway's bowler hat
  • Creticus' Roman gaming counter
  • Prints left by Roman animals
  • 3000 year old earrings from Binstead
  • Souvenir moustache cup
  • Paleolithic Flints
  • Bronze Age mace head
  • Saxon tombstone
  • Angmering Roman Villa finds
  • Fine art
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Spitfire

Icons of Flight

  • 10 March — 8 May 2015 *on now

Local aviation artist Andrew Harris showcases his remarkable collection of oil paintings and pencil drawings, depicting aircraft from the Second World War right through to the present day. Andrew’s paintings have been meticulously researched to ensure accuracy, and many have been signed by WWII pilots and aircrew.

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/exhibitions/2015-exhibitions/icons-of-flight.aspx

Print of the Shoreham Coast by Karolyn Mnich

Above and Below: Adur and Arun

  • 14 March — 8 May 2015 *on now

An exhibition of prints and drawings by Karolyn Mnich, reflecting the towns and coastal landscape between two Sussex Rivers; the Adur in Shoreham and the Arun at Littlehampton. Views we all see plus what is hidden and has been uncovered over time. Inspired by museum collections and walks along this coastal strip.

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/exhibitions/2015-exhibitions/above-and-below-adur-to-arun.aspx

Archaeological Roman Cremation Burial

Inside Courtwick

  • 13 May — 10 July 2015

An exhibition created by Thames Valley Archaeological Services (TVAS), displaying finds uncovered during preparation for the recent Courtwick development in Littlehampton. The exhibition will also describe the process of the excavations, which revealed archaeological activity ranging fromthe Neolithic to later Saxon periods

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/exhibitions/2015-exhibitions/inside-courtwick.aspx

Flower filled garden

School's Art- The English Garden

  • 16 May — 10 July 2015

Local schoolchildren once again get creative for our annual Schools’
exhibition, now entering its 12th year at the Museum. For 2015 the schools have chosen the theme of the ‘English Garden’, and plan to fill our gallery with beautiful blooms and stunning scenes, truly bringing the outside in!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/exhibitions/2015-exhibitions/schools-art-the-english-garden.aspx

Knitted Beach Huts

Littlehampton in Stitches

  • 15 July — 4 September 2015

A fun exhibition which sees the Arcade Knitters recreating iconic Littlehampton landmarks in wool! Some work harks back to the town's glory day's as a tourist hotspot, with recreations of Punch and Judy, as well as swimwear, whilst other pieces connect with the modern town, such as the East Beach Cafe.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/exhibitions/2015-exhibitions/littlehampton-in-stitches.aspx

Plesiosaur

Dinos' of the Deep

  • 18 July — 4 September 2015

This summer we will be taking a prehistoric underwater journey to learn all about the giants who dwelt off our coastline millions of years ago! Come along and learn about creatures such as the Plesiosaur, who could be found swimming along the coast of
Littlehampton, and take part in our fun interactive family games!

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/exhibitions/2015-exhibitions/dinos-of-the-deep.aspx

Littlehampton East Beach

Looking is not Seeing

  • 9 — 26 September 2015

A stunning display of images by photographers Norman Atkinson LRPS and the late Ken Rippengale LRPS. Proceeds from sales will be donated to the Chestnut Tree House Childrens’ Hospice.

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/exhibitions/2015-exhibitions/looking-is-not-seeing.aspx

Chichester Festival Theatre Logo

Pass It On

  • 12 September — 16 October 2015

A visually stunning touring exhibition, designed by professionally trained volunteers from Chichester Festival Theatre. Showcasing the best of their recently uncovered archives, it will tell the story of the Theatre from its first season to its re-opening in July 2014, after an extensive £22 million restoration project.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/exhibitions/2015-exhibitions/pass-it-on.aspx

Moonlight House

It All Started in Arundel...

  • 26 September — 16 October 2015

The latest winning competition images from the members of Littlehampton & District Camera Club, who were formed 70 years ago in Arundel.

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/exhibitions/2015-exhibitions/it-all-started-in-arundel.aspx

Fire

Littlehampton OPEN - Fire and Ice

  • 24 October — 24 December 2015

Our hugely successful OPEN exhibition returns for a 4th year as we once again invite Sussex based artists of all ages to submit work inspired by our chosen theme, which this year is ‘Fire & Ice’.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/exhibitions/2015-exhibitions/littlehampton-open-fire-ice.aspx

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Children dressed in Solider Helmets

Life as a Roman

  • 26 May 2015 2-3:30pm

This half term ‘Sir Teachalot’ returns to the Museum for our interactive Roman life sessions.
Come and be put through your paces by our Roman Centurion, who will give you a taste of life as a Roman!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/events/2015-event-programme/life-as-a-roman.aspx

Mosaic

Mosaic Making

  • 27 May 2015 10-11am
  • 29 May 2015 11am-12pm

As part of our Roman theme for the May half term break, the Museum Team are hosting creative Roman mosaic making workshops designed to bring out the ancient artists in all of us!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/events/2015-event-programme/roman-mosaic-making.aspx

Children dressed in Helmets

Life as a Roman

  • 28 May 2015 3-4:30pm

This half term ‘Sir Teachalot’ returns to the Museum for our interactive Roman life sessions.
Come and be put through your paces by our Roman Centurion, who will give you a taste of life as a Roman!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/events/2015-event-programme/life-as-a-roman.aspx

Fossil hunt

Fossil Hunts

  • 25 July 2015 1:30-3pm
  • 4 — 5 August 2015 9:30-11am
  • 25 August 2015 1:30-3pm
  • 27 August 2015 3:30-5pm

Join us for our annual fossil hunts on Littlehampton’s West Beach.
Open to all ages.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/events/2015-event-programme/fossil-hunters.aspx

Fossil

Dinosaur Workshop

  • 29 July 2015 1:30-3:30pm
  • 26 August 2015 10am-12pm

Charles Darwin and Mary Annings will be visiting the Museum for a fascinating session about the original fossil hunters and their discoveries. Children will be able to get their hands on real fossils and explore the history behind the mysterious creatures that once roamed the earth.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/events/2015-event-programme/dinosaur-workshops.aspx

Crochet hooks

Meet the Artist - Arcade Knitters

  • 1 August 2015 2-3:30pm
  • 15 August 2015 10-11:30am

Join the Arcade Knitters for these special workshops aimed at adults wishing to learn more about the art of knitting and crochet.
Crochet a square to be made into a toy mouse. Pattern, hooks and wool will be supplied.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/events/2015-event-programme/meet-the-artist-arcade-knitters.aspx

Vegetables

Littlehampton Town Show and Family Fun Day

  • 12 September 2015

Once a year Littlehampton's talented gardeners, allotment holders, performance groups and community organisations come together to host an impressive showcase of the best the town has to offer.

Please do pay the museum team a visit in the community marquee, where we will be displaying photos from the summer events, along with artefacts from the collection that visitors can get their hands on.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/events/2015-event-programme/littlehampton-town-show-family-fun-day.aspx

Sussex Family History Group

Family History: Ask the Experts

  • 19 September 2015 10am-4pm

The Sussex Family History Group are back for a fourth year to help with all your genealogy questions. You will have access to their unique databases and you can find out more about the Group and how to join. They will be here for the whole day so just drop by!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/events/2015-event-programme/family-history-ask-the-experts.aspx

Pass it On

Meet the Artist - Chichester Festival Theatre

  • 26 September 2015 11am-12:30pm

The final installment in our 2015 ‘Meet the Artist’ series is a very special one, in the form of a drama workshop for young people aged 10-19 years.
This fun and inspiring workshop will be led by practitioners from the nationally renowned Chichester Festival Youth Theatre.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/events/2015-event-programme/meet-the-artist-chichester-festival-theatre.aspx

Firework

Fantastic Fireworks!

  • 27 October 2015 2-3pm
  • 28 October 2015 10-11am
  • 29 October 2015 3-4pm
  • 30 October 2015 11am-12pm

Join the Museum team this autumn break to create magical fireworks using crafty bits and bobs and your imagination!
Youngsters will be invited to create a whole host of riotous rockets, crazy Catherine wheels and shiny sparklers all without the whizz, bang and pop!

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/events/2015-event-programme/fantastic-fireworks.aspx

A Christmas tree with stockings

Christmas Capers

  • 12 December 2015 2-4pm

This Christmas we are hosting our annual drop-in activities for all the family. Visitors young and old will be able to join the Museum team in making beautiful Christmas cards and dazzling decorations to give to their loved ones this festive season.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/events/2015-event-programme/christmas-capers.aspx

Getting there

Free parking for 2 hours (collect a parking disc from reception) is available in all of the nearby town centre car parks.

The Museum is just a 5 minute walk through the pedestrianised High Street, or a 2 minute walk from the bus station at Anchor Springs.

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