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.
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Our Place: Annual Schools Exhibition 2015

  • 23 May — 19 September 2015 *on now

The South East’s most popular annual exhibition of art work created by schoolchildren returns to Towner and now also into two new partner sites: Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, West Sussex and the Flora Twort Gallery Petersfield, Hampshire.

This year’s theme invites school children to look at the built heritage of the South Downs – whether ancient or modern, domestic or industrial, places of worship or commemoration.

The exhibition will take the form of small scale buildings made by pupils, whose schools will be issued with a 1m2 ‘plot of land’ each.

Working in partnership with the South Downs National Park, Towner and the two galleries will be engaging schools across Hampshire, West and East Sussex in a project that draws on the rich resources of the national park and local museums and galleries.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



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.



SUSS6, Layers of contemporary art.

  • 10 October 2015 — 30 January 2016

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.
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Training for War - exploring the history of Shoreham Army Camp

  • 1 September 2014 — 25 September 2015 *on now

Worthing Museum in partnership with Worthing College received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to help film students and older volunteers to discover and collate stories about the huge Shoreham Army Camp. Some of the potential research themes will include entertainment and mutiny.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free of charge admission to museum and galleries incl. temporary exhibitions



Peter & Dan Snow: The Battle of Waterloo Experience

  • 15 September 2015 From 7:30pm

Join two of the best military historians in the business, popular broadcasters Peter and Dan Snow, bringing the historic clash between Napoleon and Wellington at Waterloo into sharp focus. Their illustrated talk based on their book The Battle of Waterloo Experience explains how, on the morning of Sunday 18th June 1815, these two military giants faced each other for the first and only time across the sodden rolling Belgian farmland south of Brussels.

Further to the talk there will be a VIP-Pre Talk Event where you can join Peter Snow for an exclusive pre-talk meet and greet. View and handle the Trafalgar medal, one of only 14 ever made, which was presented to Admiral Sir William Hargood, who commanded the 74 gun ‘HMS Belleisle’ in the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The event includes canapés, wine, premium seats for the Waterloo talk and private access to the museum, where the senior curator will be on-hand to discuss the collection in detail.

Tickets are strictly limited for this pre-talk event. To book, call 01903 206 206 or book online.


Connaught Theatre
Union Place
West Sussex
BN11 1LG


£19.50, concessions £18, Friends £16.50

VIP event £39.50 including ticket for talk



Neolithic Worthing

  • 3 October 2015 10:30am-12:30pm

Join our resident archaeologist James for this first 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. From the subterranean depths of the flint mines to the local men who excavated them, immerse yourself in the Neolithic age when giant aurochs roamed the forests, villages began forming in the clearings and the first trade with Europe began.


£10 per person



Bronze Age Worthing

  • 10 October 2015 10:30am-12:30pm

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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