Heritage Forum members’ programmes

Events/meetings organised by members of the Forum during 2017 and 2018

Barns Green and Itchingfield Local History Society

Programme of meetings to be added.



Beeding and Bramber Local History Society

Meetings are usually held at 7:45pm in Beeding and Bramber Village Hall on the first Wednesday of the month. The talks cover a wide range of subjects relating to the history and natural history of the local area and Sussex in general.

Visitors are welcome for a £3 entrance fee.

Wednesday 2 May 2018

Graylingwell War Hospital by Katharine Slay

Wednesday 5 September 2018

Elizabethan Sussex by Helen Poole

Wednesday 3 October 2018

Subterranean Sussex by Stewart Angell

Wednesday 7 November 2018

Life in the Castles of Sussex by Mark Perry-Nash

Wednesday 12 December 2018

Christmas Social for members only

Billingshurst Local History Society

Meetings are held at the Billingshurst Community Centre at 7.30 pm. Everyone welcome. Visitors £3 Annual sub £15.


The Summer Programme 2018 for members will be announced at a later date.

Cowfold Village History Society

Meetings now take place in The Allmond Centre at 7:45pm for 8:00pm.

Everyone welcome. Members free and non-members £3 including refreshments.

Friday 20 July 2018

“The Coach Roads to Brighton” presented by Geoff Hewlett.

Friday 19 October 2018

“Sussex in the Great War” presented by Kevin Gordon.

Henfield History Group

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 8 pm (doors open from 7.40 pm) in the Free Church Hall, High Street, Henfield, BN5 9HP (via the side entrance in Coopers Way).

Everyone welcome. Admission £3 Non-Members (Members by Subscription)

Enquiries to Maureen Fletcher, Tel. 01273-492194.

Tuesday 8th May 2018

“Hearth and Home” presented by Dr Geoffrey Mead. An illustrated talk on Sussex building materials and styles.

Tuesday 12th June 2018 

“A History of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra” presented by Nicolas Chisholm.

Tuesday 10th July 2018

“WW2 Despatches from the Home Front” presented by
Chris McCooey.The war diary of Joan Strange who lived on the South Coast during the Second World War.

Tuesday 11th September 2018 

“Victorian Working Class Brighton” presented by Louise Peskett.

Tuesday 9th October 2018

“Scrap Book 1 Miscellany of Sussex History Anecdotes and Folklore” presented by Chris Horlock.

Tuesday 13th November 2018

“Saxon Sussex” presented by Kevin Newman.The story of the invaders who gave Sussex its name and the kingdom they built.

Tuesday 11th December 2018

“The Magic of Pantomime” presented by Ian Gledhill. Members only Christmas meeting.

Tuesday 8th January 2019

“Shepherds of the South Downs, their lives and times” presented by Ian Everest.

Tuesday 12th February 2019

“The Central Sussex Women’s Suffrage Society” presented by Frances Stenlake. A network of non-party, non-militant suffragists from across Sussex who campaigned for the vote, and who participated in the Brighton-London ‘Great Pilgrimage’ in July 1913.

Tuesday 12th March 2019

“Lost Ships Found-the adventure of maritime archeology” presented by
Ian Friel, who uses historical evidence to identify shipwrecks and tell their

Tuesday 9th April 2019

AGM followed by “30 Plus Years of Collecting Postcards” presented by Alan Barwick.


Horsham District Archaeology Group

The Group meets regularly to carry out research into the history of Horsham and the surrounding West Sussex/Surrey countryside. New members are always welcome, with or without archaeological experience.

Tuesday 24th April 2018

The Sue Macauley Memorial Lecture: “Roman Villas of Sussex” a talk by Dr David Rudling FSA at Beeson House, Southwater, RH13 9LA at 7.30 pm.  Sussex has a large number of ‘Roman’ Villas of various types and dates. The talk will explore who might have been the owners of such villas. Members free, non member £3.

After refreshments there will be a short AGM for members. For further information contact horshamarch@hotmail.co.uk

Sunday 20 May 2018

A walk with prehistorian David Dunkin, visiting some local prehistoric sights around Church Hill, Findon.

Horsham Society

The Society publishes articles in its own newsletter and has also contributed articles to the West Sussex County Times since February 2008.



Parham House and  Gardens                                            



Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th April 2018

The Tulip with Sarah Raven

Go on a tulip tour with Sarah to four tulip-centred gardens with lunch here at Parham House & Gardens .

Sunday 27th May 2018

The Midnight Gang

Enter the world of David Walliams to discover this heart-warming and dynamic story where friendships are forged and fun and frolic ensue at midnight when the tyrannical Matron assumes the children are sweetly sleeping. Performed in Parham’s Pleasure Grounds, Heartbreak Productions’ version of this popular children’s book is suitable for all the family and promises to add some uplifting magical fun to your summer’s afternoon

Monday 4th June 2018

Photography Workshop with Jason Ingram

Using the magnificent gardens of Parham for the workshop elements and illustrated by photographs taken through the seasons, Jason will discuss how he captures the spirit of a garden in wide and macro detail, understanding the light and how to control it.

Wednesday 13th – Sunday 24th June 2018

Needlework on Display

Parham is home to possibly the finest and most important collection of sixteenth and seventeenth century embroidery in the United Kingdom. Visitors will have an enhanced opportunity to discover Parham’s needlework collection, including items that are not normally on display.

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June 2018

The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show at Parham

The Sussex Guild is delighted to be exhibiting at Parham again. The Guild is a group of professional designer makers selected for their high degree of skill and creativity. Members live and work in Sussex and the adjoining counties. Formed nearly fifty years ago, the group supports its members in a variety of ways whilst promoting public understanding and appreciation of fine craft and design.

The Guild’s Craft Show takes place in a large marquee within the famous award-winning gardens with spectacular examples of ceramics, leather, textiles, jewellery, wood, glass, metalwork and fine modern furniture on show and craft demonstrations too.

Visitors will be able to meet the designer makers, watch them at work, and view, buy, or commission an individual piece.

Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th June 2018

Photography Workshop with Elizabeth Zeschin

This introductory Garden Photography course is designed for the beginner to intermediate photographer.

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th July 2018

Parham Garden Weekend

One of the highlights of the gardening calendar, the Garden Weekend is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Bringing together specialist nurseries from across the South East to showcase a wide variety of high quality flowers and plants, our flagship event also includes garden tours, talks and demonstrations from leading experts including, Marina Christopher, Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, Tom Stuart Smith and Parham Head Gardener, Tom Brown.

Monday 3rd September 2018

Garden Masterclass with Gardens Illustrated

This one day course is in collaboration with Gardens Illustrated & taught by Marina Christopher and Tom Brown.

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd September 2018

Parham Autumn Fair

A celebration of traditional estate life and all that harvest brings, our annual Autumn Fair presents the very best of homemade food and locally grown produce as well as activities for all ages. With working horse cart rides, estate tours, deer walks, gun dogs and falconry displays, there is plenty to see and do.

Sunday 7th October 2018

Apples in the Orchard

With apple growing advice and talks from Parham’s Garden Team and guests, discover local Sussex and heritage varieties of apples. Experts will be on hand to identify the variety of apples you have growing at home and you will be able to enjoy the bounty of the season by bringing in your own windfalls for apple pressing.


Rudgwick Preservation Society

Meetings are held in Rudgwick Village Hall at 7:30pm.

All welcome (Free for members and £2 entry for non-members).

Monday 30 April 2018

AGM followed by “Country Chronicles –  presented by: David Johnston author and photographer of ‘A Sussex Wayfarer’s Nature Notes’”.

Monday 19th November 2018

“The Great War, Changes and Service in Rudgwick, 1911-1920s” by Roger Nash


Rusper Chronicle


2018 programme of meetings to be added.


Shipley Local History Society

Meetings are held in the Andrew Hall, commencing at 7.30 pm.

Membership dues remain at £10.00 per person for the entire season. Visitors are always welcome at £3.00 per person.

Thursday 26 April 2018

“William Penn and West Sussex” by Martin Hayes, County Local Studies Librarian. Penn, an energetic and devout man who helped set up the Blue Idol Meeting House, inspired many West Sussex people to follow him to Pennsylvania. We will explore Penn’s links to many places in the county.

Thursday 21 June 2018 at 6 pm

This year our local circular summer evening walk will take place from the Old Vicarage, kindly hosted by Colin and Lucy West. Our walk will take us to Shipley Windmill, along the bridle path to Whitehall and along the footpath back to The Old Vicarage where a finger food buffet will be served together with refreshing drinks. For those who would prefer not to take the walk there will be an opportunity to meet at the Old Vicarage at 7.15 pm to await the return of the walkers. Please sign up with Jean Wright for this event as we do need to know numbers. Jean’s contact details are shipley.history.secretary@gmail.com Tel: 01403 741986

23 August 2018 at 1.45pm

Visit to Parham House and Garden. Meet in Parham House car park. We will be guided by Lucy and other committee members. After a tour of the house we are free to take refreshments in the tea room and stroll around the beautiful gardens at leisure.

Cost: RHS members and those with Gardener’s World 2-for-1 cards (available in the May edition of Gardeners World magazine) pay £2.00 to upgrade a garden ticket to include the house. For those without concession cards the House and Garden ticket costs £11.00 (without Gift Aid), or £10.00 for Seniors. Please let Jean Wright know if you are coming by email at Shipley.history.secretary@gmail.com or 1403 741986.

Thursday October 11th

“Inn Signs in West Sussex” by Janet Pennington.

Thursday November 29th

AGM and Christmas entertainment with festive Fayre.

Southwater Local History Group

Our meetings are held at 7.30pm on the first Monday of each month in the Beeson House, Lintot Square. Everyone Welcome . Non Members £3 please.

Monday 7 May 2018

“Zulu Wars”- a talk presented in costume by Toby Harris

Monday 4 June 2018

“Town Criers and Bellmen Past and Present”- a talk in uniform 80% historical 20% hysterical by Peter White

Monday 2 July 2018

“A View from the Wings- Theatrical Stories” – presented by Brian Freeland

Monday 6 August 2018 

“The Great War 1914 – 1918 Home Front in West Sussex” – the county’s civilians at war, presented by Martin Hayes

Monday 3 September 2018

“Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex” – an historical look into the post of Lord Lieutenant, presented by Paul Legrave

Monday 1 October 2018 

“Brighton Rock – Brighton Crime” presented by Dr Geoffrey Mead

Monday 5 November 2018 

“Sid Cotton’s Air Force” – the story of a maverick Australian pilot who immediately before the start of WW2 was engaged by MI6, presented by Tony Turner

Monday 3 December 2018 

“Women’s Land Army- A Sussex Connection” – his mother’s personal memories and a potted history of the role of women on farms during the two world wars, presented by Ian Everest

Steyning History Society

Visitors are welcome at all our meetings, for a small entrance fee of £3.00. The annual membership fee is £10 per person (and the Society year runs from September through to May).

The meetings are held in the Saxon Room, Steyning Centre, Fletcher’s Croft, Steyning, commencing 7.45 pm and running until approximately 9.30 pm with a refreshment break in the middle; we ask for a £1 donation per person at each meeting towards tea, coffee and cake, in the interval.

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Annual General Meeting followed by: “Lost Ships Found- Maritime Detective Stories” by Ian Friel.

West Grinstead Local History Group

This Group was formed in 2006 to encourage local people to understand better the Parish of West Grinstead’s history and to increase knowledge of the area’s past.

Public meetings with a guest speaker are held on the third Tuesday of alternate months (January, March, May, July, September and November), commencing at 7:30pm, and take place in Partridge Green Village Hall, High Street, Partridge Green RH13 8HP.


Museum Events

Christ’s Hospital Museum

Welcome to 460 Years of History!

The Museum has a remarkable collection of some 35,000 artefacts and archives dating from 1552 to present day. Paintings, photographs, prints, china, sculpture, costume, social history, books, medals, coins, ephemera and much more chart the history of our unique school from its founding and 350 years in London, through its time at Hertford and finally Horsham since 1902. We are staffed by a small team of curators and volunteers who regularly respond to numerous research and family history enquiries, donations, conservation and exhibitions on and off site, learning sessions for pupils across all academic departments, tours for staff, public visitors and Verrio tours.

Extensive displays occupying what used to be the old isolation wards for the Infirmary or “Sicker” allow you to explore the school’s illustrious history, boasting patronage from all British monarchs dating back to Edward VI, links with important historical figures such as Samuel Pepys, Isaac Newton, Captain Cook, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charles Lamb, Edmund Blunden and Barnes Wallis. Yet perhaps the most interesting areas celebrate the day-to-day life at Christ’s Hospital for its many generations of pupils and staff. Where else at CH can you marvel at a perfectly preserved 1902 Nurse’s Kitchen, a “Lav End” or observe how the uniform and customs at the school have changed, yet equally some remain unchanged for over four and a half centuries?

If you’ve no idea what a “Beadle” did and you’ve never seen the “Punishment Bands” for Hertford girls, or indeed realised the devastating impact two World Wars had on CH in the 20th century or the harsh reality of life for pupils in the past….then you need to visit the Museum!

Our opening times are: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am – 4pm

View by prior arrangement: 247444; chmuseum@christs-hospital.org.uk

Christ’s Hospital in the 20th Century

29 April 2017 – 29 March 2018 -extended by popular demand until 29 March 2019.

The 20th Century saw dramatic change for Christ’s Hospital as it moved from its small London site of some 350 years to its current extensive grounds in Sussex. This exhibition explores the art, artefacts and stories behind the school, reflecting the huge social, economic and cultural changes that went on in this period.

While such a display cannot be considered a definitive guide to Christ’s Hospital in the 20th Century, it serves to highlight a modern take on the collections it holds. With so much history around us, and such rich collections, the last 100 years can easily be overlooked. The exhibition showcases recent acquisitions from this transformative era including fine art, social history, costume, photos, ephemera and personal artefacts reflecting the everyday life of pupils and staff.

While acknowledging the impact on Christ’s Hospital of two World Wars, the focus is more on the remarkable historic collections that illustrate the school’s key developments and on-going Old Blue achievements.

What was valued by the staff and pupils at Christ’s Hospital in the 1920’s? How were the school’s main events documented in the 1960’s? Why do we collect a loud hailer and which famous celebrities are associated with Christ’s Hospital in this century? The exhibition celebrates and commemorates the scope and diversity of a truly unique, and at times quirky collection, that boasts some 40,000 objects.

Christ’s Hospital in the 20th Century invites us to consider art works by two of the most significant Modern British artists of that era: Keith Vaughan (1912–77; pupil here 1921-29) and Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956; commissioned to paint the Chapel murals 1912-23) beside the work of lesser known artists Donald Towner (1903-85; art teacher here during WWII) and Nell Todd (1909-76; Head of Art here 1950-69). Equally accomplished drawings by Philip Youngman Carter (1904-69; pupil here 1916-21) of the First World War poet Edmund Blunden (1896-1974; pupil here 1909-14) make an insightful comparison with the battlefield pen and ink sketches by Second World War poet Keith Douglas (1920-44; pupil here 1931-38).
This exhibition offers a rare and intriguing opportunity to enjoy a range of objects across varied disciplines – what is often not seen and in storage – is revealed and not to be missed in this remarkable gathering!

Contact Christ’s Hospital Museum for more information:

chmuseum@christs-hospital.org.uk     01403 247444


Henfield Museum and Friends                                             

Friends of Henfield Museum


2018 on a date to be confirmed

Early afternoon visit to East Grinstead Museum.

Henfield Museum

100 years of Henfield Women & the Vote

The exhibition will open at 6.30pm on the 20th April when the Henfield Hall will be given over to an open evening for all the clubs and societies in the village. It will run until 24th August. The exhibition will include pieces on Elizabeth Robins of Backsettown who was very much involved with the campaign for the female vote, and Miss Decima Allen and Miss Ada Brown who set up and ran the successful the Violet Nurseries on Henfield Common in 1905 until it closed in 1953; they were what we would call today, feminists.

Elzabeth Robins

Miss Allen and Miss Brown









Horsham Museum and Art Gallery



The Victoria Years – A Dress from Each Decade of Victoria’s Reign

This event runs from 30th November 2017 to 6th June 2018

The years of Victoria’s reign 1837-1901, saw many changes in fashion. Just as the 20th century saw rapid changes in styles often in a single year, so did the Victorian era. There were a variety of changes with no one Victorian style dress. However due to the Queen’s mourning for Albert’s death in 1861 of typhus fever, black, half mourning of purple and grey dominated the later years of her reign.

In her early years the Queen was seen as an attractive young woman and whilst there was not the mass magazine and fashion press that we have today, she was seen as a leader of fashion. This was a role she continued to play for many years of her life even when she grew old and rotund – hence her influence of wearing black. Allied to that the advances in the chemical industry in the 1840s and 50s meant that there was a riot of colour brought about through artificial dyes. Today such dyes are a curse because the very dye eats away at the silk and cotton making them very fragile, but that is our concern, not the ladies of the time.

The Victorian era also saw the influence of other countries particularly in fashion. Recent research has shown how the Indian textile producers were ruined by English textile manufacturers, who copied their Mogul inspired “paisley” design, produced it in bulk in Paisley and then sold it back to the Indian people.

The British Empire became producers of raw material such as cotton and silk. British mills converted them into textiles and garments and sold these finished articles back to the Empire leading to chronic poverty abroad and prosperity at home.

At the same time, the fall in the price of paper and stamp duty combined with the rise of education and literacy meant that there was a proliferation in magazines and particularly those aimed at middle class women who had time on their hands. The magazines would illustrate the next seasons colours and fashions. The more expensive the magazine, the fashion plate were hand coloured, the cheaper version a detailed black and white engraving – both explaining the cut, the look and the accessories. As wealth increased so did the rules of society leading to a culture of formality, decorum and cult of good manners. So it would not be uncommon to change outfits two or even three times a day with maids assisting.

However before we get carried away with romantic images of Downton Abbey, millions of people wore the same clothing until they fell apart, they were then were sold on to the rag and bone man or remodelled into children’s clothes. That is why so few working class clothing survives –better to reuse or get a few pence than keep in a drawer.

On a very basic level white cotton clothes were kept white by washing in stale, human urine which acted as bleach! When artificial soap became available people complained about the pleasant smell.

Men’s fashion also changed through the Victorian period, but very gradually.

On England’s pleasant pastures seen

This event runs from 12th January 2018 to 28th April 2018

The English poet William Blake, whose celebrated poem Jerusalem gave inspiration for Horsham Museum’s new watercolour exhibition, sensed the public’s growing interest in England’s pastures green, born out of an awareness of nature, and of the picturesque. The poem was published over 200 years ago yet during the intervening years our interest in the pastoral hasn’t diminished, as the watercolours on show reveal. Taking inspiration from Blake’s celebrated poem the new temporary exhibition explores how watercolour artists have captured the essence of the English countryside.

The power of art is in demonstrating the ways in which so many artists capture things differently. On display is a superb watercolour of the Sussex countryside near Uckfield by Emerson Groom. The artist became a celebrated painter and etcher, and these influences can be seen in the formality and almost illustrative elements of the painting, with hard lines and blocks of colour. Groom’s work is a contrast with the far more relaxed painting by Alice Blanche Ellis of “A Farm road Steyning – a Homeward Trek” where the pallete gives the impression of, rather than illustrates the glorious countryside.

The museum’s watercolour collection has been built up extensively over the last year. One of the paintings on display, Gerald Ackermann’s Arundel Castle from the Downs, was donated to the collection by Toovey’s, the Washington based auction house. It compliments another view of the downs by Ackermann on display which shows Chanctonbury Ring from Storrington Downs and takes in the wonderful downland pastures that make Sussex such a popular haunt for tourists and were the motivation for the creation of the South Downs National Park.

With other works by Harrington, Penstone, Wilkinson, and a charming painting by Wainwright of sheep nestling in a hummock surrounded by pastures “on the Downs near Hassocks”, you can see why the English have a love affair with pastures.

All work and no play – the working life of Horsham folk

This event runs from 20th January 2018 to 13th April 2018

You wouldn’t expect to meet someone called Joan Scientist, Frederick Typewriter, or Pete Bricklayer, yet surnames such as Fletcher, Cook and Butcher seem perfectly normally. However, these are all the names of jobs that people did in the medieval period that have been adopted as surnames. Work is such a core part of many people’s lives and can be integral to a person’s identity and sense of self-worth. Yet All Work and No Play is the first time Horsham Museum & Art Gallery has held an exhibition on the topic of work.

This fascinating and eye-opening exhibition reveals the wide variety of roles that Victorian women undertook in Horsham, ranging from baking to brick making and beyond. The exhibition also looks at apprenticeships, a topic that has been in the news recently. On display are some of the legal contracts that set out the agreement between master and apprentice, as well as William Hogarth’s biting morality tale of the apprentice gone bad. Hogarth’s tale was used by masters throughout Britain to keep their charges on the straight and narrow, and to instil personal and work discipline in young apprentices.

According to the architect of Royal and Sun Alliance insurance building, an “office should be a theatre for the occupants – a place where they have a chance to actually look good, feel good, dress up”. However, it is doubtful that he had considered those workers who wore the “stylish” uniforms on display in the exhibition, such as those worn by a postman, a nurse and a maid. Uniforms could also indicate the high status of the wearer, as exemplified by our portrait of Sir Cecil Hurst in his judicial robes. Other examples legal costume, such as barrister’s wigs, wig curlers and an 18th century wig hanger are also on display.

For many people today work is focused on the keyboard, yet its predecessor the typewriter is only 140 years old. A range of examples of this ingenious technology are on display in the exhibition, many of which were rescued from the scrapheap as businesses modernised. There are many unusual objects related to local trades, such as a table used to sell cakes on the Carfax, a saddlers stool, a tradesman’s bike, and the day book of an 18th century solicitor, as well as items relating to the town’s notable trades such as brickmaking, engineering and brewing.

Using a wealth of photographs, documents, objects, and paintings, this exhibition reveals the unusual, interesting and entertaining facets of all types of work.

Tom Hard: The Beautiful South

This event runs from 10th February 2018 to 5th May 2018

Police Officer and amateur photographer Tom Hard has lived and worked in Horsham for most of his life. Tom is passionate about photography, and about the local area. Beautiful South, reflects his desire to showcase the beauty of Horsham District.

Tom’s interest in photography grew from his experience at the age of 15, working in Horsham Photo Centre (also known as Kodak Express), where he was encouraged to learn about all aspects of the work. This gave him a great eye for excellent photography. A trip to Rome inspired Tom to begin taking a compact digital camera out with him wherever he went, and enabled him to capture a wide range of wonderful sights. During one such trip, to Regent’s Park in London, he took a photograph of a willow tree. This image, entitled “Summer Comes Early” won the 2012 Royal Horticultural Society Photography competition in the ‘Plant Portrait’ category.

This success inspired Tom to invest in a digital SLR camera, and he has since gone on to be shortlisted for several prestigious awards and to have his work in print; “Follow the Leader”, his photograph of deer in Warnham park was shortlisted in the Jessops Photography Competition, “Brighton Sunset” was published in Digital Photo Magazine, and his photograph of the Red Arrows at the 2017 Wings and Wheels events was printed in Digital SLR Photography Magazine.

More of Tom’s work, as well as his contact details, can be found on his Facebook and Twitter pages:


Meet the photographer on Saturday 10 February 2pm – 4pm. Admission free

Harry Price RI: Reflected

This event runs from 24th March 2018 to 26th May 2018

Amazingly complex but also beautiful, Harry Price’s paintings capture the distortions and reflections caught when looking out at a scene through glass. We can see through these distortions to the scene beyond and do not lose the strange beauty of the reflections, which would be flattened in another medium, such as photography.

Harry’s paintings also explore reflections on water and capture its magical and dynamic reflective power. The paintings have an emphasis on light effects and surface translucency. The distortions and reflected images in glass and mirrors often create tensions with the flat surface of the paper itself and find expression in the natural sparkle and surface sheen of the watercolours.

Harry’s painting, as much as possible, tends to be done directly from the subject but the cityscapes have to be developed in the studio using many return visits, colour notations, photographs and sketches as a basis for information.

Harry Price’s work is a masterclass in painting, honed through many years of experience. Harry studied fine art at Hereford School of Art and The West of England College of Art. At Middlesex University he gained an MA in Design History. He has achieved a number of awards for his watercolour paintings including the prestigious Winsor & Newton/Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour award for the most outstanding group of paintings.

Harry has exhibited widely at various significant galleries and has written articles for several art industry publications. A selection of his artworks are currently held in international collections. Having taught extensively at Coventry University’s School of Art, Harry has now retired and been able to devote himself to painting full time.

Harry has previously exhibited at Horsham Museum as part of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours exhibition. It was clear during this show that his work warranted further display. Horsham Museum is therefore delighted to be able to hold a solo show of work by an artist who is undoubtedly at the top of his game.

Meet the artist: Meet Harry Price on Saturday 24 March 11am – 3pm to discuss his work in person. Free admission.

Metal: The Wonder Material

This event runs from 30th March 2018 to 8th June 2018

Metal is all around us. Many of the items that you use, touch, and wear throughout your day will contain metal. Without metal – and the skills to shape and manipulate it to make tools, weapons, and machinery – our world would look like a very different place. Metal truly is a wonder material.

The Museum’s collections are full of items made from, or incorporating, metal. These range from everyday objects such as iron cooking pots and sets of keys, through to artworks, beautiful jewellery, and deadly weaponry. Humans have learned to use the incredible versatility and different properties of metals to create tools, engineer structures, and travel the world.

This exhibition will use some of the key properties of metals, both the common and the more unusual, as a lens through which to view some of the interesting and varied ways that humans have made use of this versatile material.

Love & Marriage

This event runs from 21st April 2018 to 7th July 2018

Never known to miss an opportunity that worldwide media events create, Horsham Museum will embrace royal wedding fever as a great excuse to bring out its fantastic collection of bridal wear and will tell the fascinating story of love and marriage from a Horsham District perspective.

From stunning hand woven silk shipped from China in the 1860s to the flamingo pink wedding dress of a fashion conscious young woman some 110 years later.

This is an exhibition that will appeal to the romantic at heart and for those interested in the rich history that this seminal event in peoples lives creates.

Averting a Catastrophe – the Story of Kosovo

This event runs from 1st June 2018 to 28th July 2018

This major artistic event tells the story of Kosovo through the eyes of award winning artist Gordon Rushmer.

Using the delicate medium of the watercolour, Gordon travelled to Kosovo as a guest of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines to record the military operations and the plight of the people there. Now 20 years on in this unique exhibition Horsham Museum & Art Gallery are celebrating what is undoubtedly a major achievement. It is a powerful, moving but also deeply human story that should be seen.

RA: 250

This event runs from 20th September 2018 to 17th November 2018

Art galleries and museums across the country are joining the Royal Academy to celebrate 250 years of making, debating and exhibiting art at the Royal Academy

Arts institutions across the country are joining the RA to take a look back at their history, and celebrate the artists and architects who have shaped the RA. Horsham Museum & Art Gallery is delighted to be a part of this celebration.

This exhibition at Horsham Museum & Art Gallery will explore the historic and at times uneasy relationship between the Royal Academy and the medium of watercolour, showcasing watercolour paintings by Royal Academicians past and present.

Watch this space for more information closer to the exhibition. Click here for more information on the RA250.


Steyning Museum

“Childhood Past”

The exhibition looks at various aspects of Childhood within our catchment area including the Workhouse, Creative Activity, Posing for the Camera (some scary Victorian adults with their kids!) and a creation of a Toy Shop window display which includes Victorian Toy Theatres.

This exhibition will run until mid May 2018.

Coming Soon!

“Pox and Pest”

The leper colony and the former Pest House in Newham Lane will be under investigation by the Exhibition Team.