Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

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Opened in 1908 this fine Edwardian building houses West Sussex's largest museum. Permanent displays include archaelogy, one of the UK's largest costume collections, local history and decorative art. Over ten temporary exhibitions a year from contemporary art to themed displays. Varied events programme including Local History Day, Family Art Day's and Fashion and Textile events as well as demonstrations and workshops for adults and children.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Tues-Sat 10.00-17.00

Closed Sundays, Mondays and some Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Admission free

The museum's collections include local archaelogy from Worthing and the surrounding area; costume and textiles dating from 1600; juvenilia; work by members of the Camden Town Group; work by English water-colourists; typographical collection of paintings, prints and drawings; Colin Mear's bequest of chidrens books; material relating to the history of Worthing

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Literature, Natural Sciences, Social History, Toys and Hobbies

Key artists and exhibits

  • Berenger Benger; John Randall Bratby; Elizabeth Chettle; Myles Birket Foster; Charles Ginner; Keith Henderson; William Holman Hunt; Barnard Meninsky; Charles Alfred Morris; Lucien Pissarro; Ernest Procter; Sir Stanley Spencer
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Evolution of Landscapes

  • 8 August — 10 October 2015 *on now

Explore the changes in landscape painting from the picturesque to modernism. Paintings selected by researcher Carly Vaughan.



The Picnic

The Picnic

  • 8 September — 31 October 2015 *on now

The Picnic

Sculpture by Tana Jackson on display in the garden from 8th September until 31st October

Winner of one of the Adur & Worthing Arts Trust grants 2015, the sculpture has been made using shop mannequins covered in clothing that has been treated with Paverpol, a fabric hardener. The sculpture has also been covered with yacht varnish in order to protect it from the elements.

Tana Jackson is a local artist and sculptor belonging to the Sunny Worthing Arts Group (SWAG) and her studio and sculpture garden are a venue in the Worthing Art Trail each year. Tana is also the creator of ‘The Flock of Seagulls’ previously exhibited in the Red Telephone Box on the corner of Steyne Gardens which was the smallest art gallery in Worthing.

When creating ‘The Picnic’, Tana wanted to invoke the sense of a bygone era when life was somewhat simpler and people did not live with the demands of modern technology and a family picnic in the park, on the downs or on the beach was a regular summer family recreation.

Suitable for

  • Any age

SUSS6, Layers of contemporary art.

  • 10 October 2015 — 30 January 2016 *on now

Join us from Saturday 10 October to Saturday 30 January 2016 for the SUSS6, Layers of contemporary art exhibition. The exhibition showcases paintings and mixed media art work by six Sussex based contemporary artists exhibiting for the first time at Worthing Museum. The six artists that will be exhibiting are Mark Charlton, Sarah Marzaioli, Rhoda K Baker, Sue Barnes, George Antoni and Alan James McLeod.



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.

Bronze Age Worthing

  • 10 October 2015 10:30am-12:30pm *on now

Join our resident archaeologist James for this second talk in a series of three, where you will get the opportunity to view and handle some hidden gems, all excavated in and around Worthing. The Bronze Age was a period of great change in the landscape, when great mounds were raised over the dead and tribes consolidated their territories across the Downs and valleys. Rare hoards of bronze weapons and jewellery from the local area will be available for handling during the session.


£10 per person



Edwardian and WW1 Fashion Study Day

  • 17 October 2015 10:30am-4pm

Join fashion historians Jayne Shrimpton and Suzanne Rowland at Worthing Museum & Art Gallery for a day devoted to the study of fashion
from the highly decorative S bend silhouette of the Edwardian era to the military inspired, utilitarian clothes, of the First World War.

The study day will include a series of talks illustrated by a selection of garments and images from the museum’s collection, and a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the museum’s extensive costume collection with curator Gerry Connelly. A family photograph dating session will take place at the end of the day with Jayne. Lunch, tea and coffee are provided.


£45 per person



Saxon Worthing

  • 7 November 2015 10:30am-12:30pm

Join our resident archaeologist James for this third talk in a series of three, where you will get the opportunity to view and handle some hidden gems, all excavated in and around Worthing. The coming of the Saxons was a turbulent time in Sussex, when warfare and colonisation spread across the land. Eventually the invaders became settlers, establishing the villages and towns we live in today and giving us our language and customs. Come along and see how Saxon Sussex developed over the centuries and get up close and personal with their fantastic grave goods.


£10 per person



Depictions of Fashionable Georgian Women in Contemporary Film

  • 21 November 2015 10:30am-12pm

Suzanne Rowland presents an illustrated talk looking at the ways costume designers portray Georgian fashion.


£10 per person



Photo dating with Jayne Shrimpton

  • 28 November 2015 2-4pm

Bring your old photos and join us on 28th November for the chance to learn about photo dating, and even have a go yourself in a one to one session with Jayne Shrimpton, Professional dress historian and picture specialist.


£10 per person



Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
Chapel Road
West Sussex
BN11 1HP




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