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

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.
Photograph of blue sky above clouds

Littlehampton OPEN – Atmosphere

  • 17 September — 11 November 2016 *on now

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


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


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


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.
The Big Draw Logo

The Big Draw: Mad Monsters

  • 25 — 28 October 2016 *on now

This October Half Term Littlehampton Museum is taking part in the STEAM-powered Big Draw. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths. Children and families can drop in to the community gallery during the following times to become inventors, using their imaginations and drawing skills to engineer mad monsters inspired by some crazy critters in the museum's collections. There will be a chance to display your creations in the monster museum and on our website as an online exhibition.

Tuesday 25th October 10-11.30

Wednesday 26th October 11-12.30

Thursday 27th October 1.30-3.00

Friday 28th October 3-4.30

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10


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


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
West Sussex
BN17 5EW




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.