Littlehampton Museum

Littlehampton Museum
Manor House
Church Street
West Sussex
BN17 5EW




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

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.
Golfers Group

Celebrating 125 Years of Littlehampton Golf Club

  • 10 January — 6 March 2015 *on now

A look back at the history of Littlehampton Golf Club as they celebrate their 125th year. The display will feature material from the club’s own archives, alongside golfing equipment from the past 125 years.


Watercolour of Littlehampton Beach by Jo Dowers

From Paper to Painting

  • 10 January — 6 March 2015 *on now

This exhibition sees local artists Jo Dowers and David Webb team up for a special joint display, exploring their environment through vibrant colour and expressive light. The display will focus on the process of transforming paper sketches into dramatic and evocative paintings.



Icons of Flight

  • 10 March — 8 May 2015

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.


Print of the Shoreham Coast by Karolyn Mnich

Above and Below: Adur and Arun

  • 14 March — 8 May 2015

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.


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


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


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



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


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.


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


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.



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


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.