The building is a fascinating combination of old and new, with one of the oldest lay buildings in Sussex linked to a new two-storey annexe, which was completed in 2004. The Gallery on the first floor is a popular venue for talks and exhibitions. Wheelchair access is now possible throughout the museum. The popular Friday Coffee Mornings are run throughout the winter by the Shoreham Society.
The permanent displays concentrate on our important maritime past and the local history of this part of Sussex. The Archaeology Gallery looks at the Shoreham area from early prehistory to medieval times, featuring the exciting new discoveries from Ropetackle and from Marlipins itself. There is also a section of the original 12th century wall and a mysterious pit built into the old masonry, which may have been a strong room but is equally likely to have been a privy! At the bottom of the pit, the archaeologists found a cat skeleton, one of four on site.
Upstairs the story of the Adur area continues, showing local agriculture, domestic life and the major 20th century themes of the Shoreham Film Industry, Shoreham Beach, the Airport and wartime. A children's activity area is the newest addition, which is simply brilliant fun for children. Pictures from the extensive art collection are changed regularly. It is a friendly environment with well informed people on site to look after our visitors, so come and see for yourselves.
Museum, Ship or maritime heritage site, Historic house or home
Open from May to October, from 10.30am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
Adult £2.00 Child £1.00
- English Heritage
- Museums Association
Full wheelchair access throughout; toilet facility for able and disabled; please call 01273 462994 is you have any questions about access.
Archaeology, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Maritime, Natural Sciences, Social History
36 High Street
01273 462994 or 01273 405735 (out of season)