My first visit. Lovley place to learn about the history of Eastbourne and see some wonderful archives. Excellent for children with quizzes around. The assistant was very helpful when I asked about material for my Phd giving me her email for furhter information. Especially liked the hat collection for selfies. Great collection of small gifts within lower price range.
In November 2019, Supersupergirl said:
A great place to learn about the past of Eastbourne as well as recording anecdotes if you have your own interesting story of Eastbourne.
The selfie corner is a nice interactive area where you can try on different hats.
In October 2019, Solange888 said:
This is a great little museum charting the history of Eastbourne. It has a small exhibition of Beachy Head Woman/Lady (look it up!) - and interesting artifacts and historical facts to keep you happy for an hour or so. Entry is free, so remember to make a donation - it is worth it!
In October 2019, Liz S said:
Difficult place to find in Terminus Road as it is surrounded by scaffolding, but it has huge prospects for the future if the town council put in more funds. We spent an interesting hour there which left us wanting to know more. Good place to take the children on a rainy day.
In September 2019, hjdrpam said:
This is an extremely well thought out and informative display showing how Eastbourne has developed from prehistoric times to the present day.
It is laid out as a progressive walk round exhibition from the earliest times at the entrance to the present at the exit. Many fascinating artefacts shown with well written descriptions accompanying them.
The venue is closed on Mondays and there is reasonable on street parking outside and in adjoining roads, the remarkable thing in this day and age is that entrance is FREE, although there is a collection point for well deserved donations.
In August 2019, Rogsim said:
A relatively new opening in the parade of shops coming up from the sea front into the town. Charts the history of Eastbourne, since tme began, with lots of artefacts and narratives. Worth visit, and its free!
In August 2019, JOAN G said:
Lovely little museum. Small but includes a great deal. It is not overwhelming with information and suits all ages.
In July 2019, graham said:
Went with my aunt who lives in Eastbourne. Yes the exhibit is small as it looks like it is derived from a converted shop. But admission is free. I was amazed at the quality of items on display and obviously there is a limit to what can be shown in such a small location. Yes, we were pounced on by a keen member of staff, but I did not find it intimidating as some have mentioned. They want to encourage people to request a better future for the exhibition so a bit of salesmanship is a good idea. There is also a survey to take at the exit. The staff were friendly and up for a joke or two. This place is a great idea and hopefully will lead to a permanent local museum in the future. Well done.
In July 2019, BlueSpice said:
We chanced upon this by accident and found it a very pleasant introduction to the local history. It was a bit disjointed reading the separate stories until we realised that above our heads the year/period and main events were shown. Loved trying on the hats and gained some appreciation for the rigidness and weight of some of them! Would recommend - and it's free!
In June 2019, Peter F said:
We had some visitors and so took them to this exhibition for them to learn more about Eastbourne and its origins.
It is easy to walk past this place as there is scaffolding just nearby and most people will be on the other side of the road. However you will not be disappointed if you do drop in. There is so much information, the staff are very friendly and are more than willing to answer any questions you might have.
Definitely give it a try if you can - you won't be disappointed.
In June 2019, SalopLadandLass said:
We visited after a recommendation by a fellow traveller. It follows the history of Eastbourne from ancient times and illustrated with historical artifacts discovered in the area over the years. Not exceptionally large, the exhibition can be explored in an hour so no real reason not to. Free admission but donations are welcomed which we gave willingly as we enjoyed the visit. Recommended.
In June 2019, Jackie F said:
What an interesting little museum, neatly tucked away in a shop on Terminus Road. You could easily miss it because the buildings are covered in scaffolding, but it's well worth looking for. Lots of interesting original artefacts and a well-written storyboard outlining the main events. Knowledgeable staff told me all about the displays and it was all free!
In June 2019, Susan L said:
Bit disappointed there was not more information about the 50/60's life in Eastbourne. When exhibition was at Redoubt there seemed to be more.
In June 2019, SLW321 said:
Very well laid out and extremely interesting. I particularly enjoyed the colourful murals - what a lovely idea. The volunteer staff were knowledgeable and keen to assist. I hope this museum has a permanent place in Eastbourne. It really deserves it and could easily be expanded into larger premises.
In May 2019, Mike T said:
Small, compact and if you read all the info and follow the time at the top Eastbourne turns out to be quite interesting. Not seen a museum laid out like this but it achieves is aim. Easy to miss as the entrance is very unassuming and we almost walked by it. Make the effort, this is how history should be told.
In May 2019, jeanmichelle said:
Very interesting ,telling the history of Eastbourne was free entry,the room quite small but lots to see ,worth a visit just to give you some idea of the history.
In April 2019, 19chelsea70 said:
A great little and free museum of the history of Eastbourne. Very interesting and user friendly. Try some head gear on for some selfies. Also friendly staffed.
In March 2019, Steeve B said:
As a local I thought it was worth a look. A little gem. Professionally presented. Helpful volunteer staff. Lots of fascinating facts and information. Deserves a permanent home,especially for a town this size with this much history. What did the Romans ever give us? Go and find out!!!
In March 2019, Couple-Tadworth said:
The exhibition is small but has many interesting things to read. The staff are friendly and helpful. We understand that they are thinking of making the exhibition permanent. If they do, we suggest they check the wording on a few panels. There are some strange apostrophes on some panels and somebody has tried very hard to be "correct" and use the word "whom" but unfortunately has used it as the subject of a sentence and it sounds peculiar.
In March 2019, Janet I said:
We found this exhibition whilst on holiday to Eastbourne and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s only just opened and is housed in what used to be a shop which, for now, is probably adequate. It would be better if it was in larger premises as there were quite a few people in and we needed to shuffle around each other. It made very interesting reading and was well put together. Also, the two ladies were very helpful, pleasant and knowledgeable.
What a great experience for residents and visitors alike. The displays, artefacts and videos were both informative and interesting. Great to see children involved with their quiz sheets too. I would highly recommend a visit to The Story of Eastbourne.
In February 2019, Beachman said:
Well done for putting this together. Really interesting take on the history of the town and some unusual stories which most people would never have realised. Nice use of a retail unit and very well presented.
In February 2019, Christopher W said:
Been looking forward to it opening for a while, and although smaller than expected, (1 room) very enjoyable, with facts, stories, and bits and bobs to look at. The hats are fun to wear and the headphones with citizens’ stories on are a nice touch.
The lady on the desk was very polite too.
In February 2019, LouEastbourne said:
Interesting exhibition. Small but worth visiting. The layout is well thought out and the personal stories a fascinating read. Staff friendly and informative. I hope it becomes a permanent fixture and expands as it would be interesting to both visitors to Eastbourne and residents.
In February 2019, Kevsussex said:
If you need a place to take the children / grandchildren this half term please consider the brand new Story of Eastbourne exhibition at the seaside end of Terminus Road, (no 248) Eastbourne. The exhibition is cleverly designed to appeal to both adults and children. There are not only some fascinating exhibits that will interest the serious historian but also 'buttons to push' a quiz and dressing up clothes for children. It is open every day except Mondays from 10am to 5pm. I thoroughly recommend a visit and its FREE!