Littlehampton Museum

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.
Painting of some flowers in vases

Showcase: East Preston Art Group

  • 9 March — 6 May 2016 *on now

An exhibition showcasing the wide variety of work created by the East Preston Art Group. For the first time at Littlehampton Museum, the group’s vibrant coastal scenes and images of everyday life will brighten up the Community Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/exhibitions/2016-exhibitions/showcase-east-preston-art-group.aspx

Painting showing the sea at Climping Beach.

Celebrating Sussex

  • 12 March — 6 May 2016 *on now

An exhibition celebrating the outstanding landscapes surrounding the people of Sussex which have inspired sisters, and local artists, Helen Woolgar, and Clare Tyler. Helen works mainly with oil paints on canvas, whilst Clare focuses upon mixed media, such as photography and textiles. Both artists will also be sharing their skills as part of two 'Meet the Artist' events.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/exhibitions/2016-exhibitions/celebrating-sussex.aspx

Old black and white photograph of Littlehampton High Street

The High Street Story

  • 11 May — 8 July 2016

This spring the Museum will be taking a look at the history of Littlehampton’s historic High Street, from its roots at the centre of the village in the 16th century, through to the bustling late 19th and early 20th centuries. There will be a special High Street Hunt during the May half term, see our Events Page for details.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/exhibitions/2016-exhibitions/the-high-street-story.aspx

Postcard showing the Children's Lake in Littlehampton

Schools’ Art - Out and About!

  • 14 May — 8 July 2016

Once again, the Museum celebrates the creativity of local schoolchildren with the 13th year of the Schools’ Art exhibition. This year the children will be creating a child friendly tourist guide for the Littlehampton area – an ideal start to the Summer season for 2016!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/exhibitions/2016-exhibitions/schools-art-out-and-about.aspx

Painting of boats in a harbour

A Changing View

  • 13 July — 9 September 2016

Littlehampton artist Duncan Thrussell enjoys his first feature display at the
Museum with an exhibition looking at the ever changing urban environment. Duncan, a founder member of LOCA, works mostly with acrylics and pencil on canvas, creating personal views based on his sketches and memories.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/exhibitions/2016-exhibitions/a-changing-view.aspx

A line print of smugglers on Mermaid Street

Smuggling: A Gentleman’s Trade?

  • 16 July — 9 September 2016

This summer, the Museum will be taking a look at Sussex smugglers, investigating the notorious local gangs and the Customs House men who opposed them. Come and enjoy our family friendly exhibition with lots for kids to see and do, and learn all about Littlehampton’s shady past...

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/exhibitions/2016-exhibitions/smuggling-a-gentleman-s-trade.aspx

Photograph of blue sky above clouds

Littlehampton OPEN – Atmosphere

  • 17 September — 11 November 2016

Our popular OPEN exhibition returns for its 5th year as we devote both our galleries to the work of local artists who have created work based on this year's chosen theme of 'Atmosphere'.

If you are a Sussex based amateur or professional artist, of any age, and wish to submit a piece to be considered for the exhibition, please visit the website page to view the full Terms and Conditions.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/exhibitions/2016-exhibitions/littlehampton-open-atmosphere.aspx

Block print of an old style plane

The Unique Joy of Block Prints

  • 16 November — 23 December 2016

An exhibition by local block printer John Cassford, whose work emphasises the
texture and tone of monochromic art pieces. John mainly focuses on images of aircraft, many of which hold personal memories, and images of the seaside, especially of the movement in both the waves and skies.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/exhibitions/2016-exhibitions/the-unique-joy-of-block-prints.aspx

A painting of performers on stage in Brighton

Stage, Screen and Trench: A Sussex Story of WW1

  • 19 November — 23 December 2016

An exciting touring exhibition supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, showcasing the largely forgotten story of Sussex’s role in the film and entertainment industries during the First World War.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/exhibitions/2016-exhibitions/stage-screen-and-trench-a-sussex-story-of-ww1.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.
Photograph of a butchers in Littlehampton High Street

High Street Hunt

  • 30 May — 4 June 2016

As part of the ‘The High Street Story’ exhibition, the Museum team will be working with local traders to host a very special ‘High Street Hunt’. Visitors to the Museum will be able to pick up a copy before heading off to explore our beautiful High Street.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/events/2016-event-programme/high-street-hunt.aspx

Clipart image of dramatic masks

Teen Drama with Chichester Festival Theatre

  • 18 June 2016 10:30am-12pm

Hot on the heels of their successful exhibition last year, the Youth Theatre team from the famous Chichester Festival Theatre return in 2016 to deliver another show stopping drama workshop for local teenagers.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
Old black and white photograph of Navy uniform

Armed Forces Day

  • 25 June 2016

Once again the museum will be joining in the town's annual Armed Forces Day event. Find us in the History Zone.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/events/2016-event-programme/armed-forces-day.aspx

Black and white print of the Hawkhurst gang

Smugglers’ Secrets!

  • 27 July 2016 2-4pm
  • 11 August 2016 10am-12pm
  • 23 August 2016 2-4pm

Join us for some secret smuggling themed activities, where our young visitors can create special keepsakes to take home. All three sessions are free and aimed at 5 to 13 year olds.

Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/events/2016-event-programme/smugglers-secrets.aspx

Painting of seascape

Meet the Artist: Duncan Thrussell

  • 6 August 2016 2-3:30pm

Littlehampton artist Duncan Thrussell will be running this special ‘Meet the Artist’ event to inspire others to record their local surroundings through the mediums of sketching and painting.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/events/2016-event-programme/meet-the-artist-duncan-thrussell.aspx

Photograph showing flowers in Littlehampton

Littlehampton Town Show & Family Fun Day

  • 10 September 2016

It’s time for the annual Town Show & Family Fun Day! Come and see what we have going on at the Museum stall at Rosemead Park

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/events/2016-event-programme/littlehampton-town-show-family-fun-day.aspx

Logo of the Sussex Family History group

Family History Day

  • 17 September 2016 10:30am-4pm

The experts from the Sussex Family History Group are back for a 5th year to help you with all of your genealogy questions. Visitors can access their unique databases and find out more about the Group and how to join.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/events/2016-event-programme/family-history-day.aspx

Logo of Littlehampton Museum

Film Nights @ Littlehampton Museum

  • 24 November 2016 6-7:30pm
  • 2 December 2016 6-7:30pm

As part of the Heritage Lottery Funded touring exhibition ‘Stage, Screen and Trench: A Sussex Story of the First World War’, Littlehampton Museum will be hosting two very special film screening nights at Manor House. Enjoy entertainment that was rolled out for the troops on the front line during the War, and the chance to speak to an expert on the topic at the Q & A session following the screenings.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/events/2016-event-programme/film-nights-littlehampton-museum.aspx

Crafted paper plates of snowmen and santa

Christmas Capers!

  • 10 December 2016 2-4pm

Simply drop by the museum between 2-4pm on Saturday 10th December to create some wonderful festive craft to take home for your loved ones. Visitors can enjoy making their own Christmas cards, decorations and more, with museum staff on hand creating Christmas cheer!

This event is a drop in event, so no prior booking is required.

Please note that the session may become very busy as many of our visitors often arrive at 2pm! Please be prepared to come back later on in the session if there isn't space.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk/events/2016-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.

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

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.
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