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Written by the Museum team, the Blog brings you stories from Horsham District’s past, in-depth studies of curious objects, video tours behind-the-scenes in our galleries, and much more.

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Horse in Star

RSPCA: 200 Years of Animal Welfare

The RSPCA has called Horsham home since the 1970s and 2022 is an important year as it marks 200 years since the world's first animal welfare act, the Cruel Treatment of Cattle Act, 1822 (also known as Martin's Act) was passed.   A new exhibition is now open at Horsham Museum & Art Gallery and uncovers the history of the charity over the last 200 years. Items on display are on loan from the RSPCA archive and include an Inspector's uniform from the 1930s, a Queen Victoria gilt silver medal produced for the RSPCA in 1882 and many more artefacts which bring to life the society's rich history.

Published: 26 Nov 2022

Shipley Reliquary

Now on Display: The Shipley Reliquary

From Friday 21st October, the Shipley Reliquary (AD 1139) has been on display in our medieval gallery.

Published: 04 Nov 2022

Oil painting of a stormy landscape

Dion Salvador: Between Earth and Sky

From Saturday 24 September a new exhibition, Dion Salvador Lloyd – Between Earth and Sky, will be on display at Horsham Museum & Art Gallery.

Published: 21 Sep 2022

Stained glass showing the image of the poet Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley: A Poet's Journey

Percy Bysshe Shelley: A Poet's Journey is now open in the museum's temporary exhibition gallery. The exhibition will be open every Tuesday - Saturday until Saturday 24 September 2022.

Published: 11 Jul 2022

Watercolour painting of a stormy sea and a pier

Royal Watercolour Society at Horsham Museum

The Royal Watercolour Society at Horsham Museum opened Saturday 2 July showcasing a selection of artworks by elected Royal Watercolour Society members. From tranquil landscapes to bold abstract pieces, they reveal the diversity of what can be achieved within the medium. All paintings on display are available for sale.

Published: 11 Jul 2022

A Photograph of the plant displays at Horsham Museum

Peat free plants now available at Horsham Musuem

The garden at Horsham Museum & Art Gallery is a popular part of the museum for many visitors, with delightful York stone paving and cottage style planting; it’s a popular destination, and a perfect place to enjoy a break from the bustle of town.

Published: 13 May 2022

Two volunteers standing by the museum reception

Horsham Museum Needs You!

The Museum and Art Gallery is lucky to have so many dedicated volunteers who support the work we do. Not only were they instrumental in the recent refresh of the museum but work hard to support the operation on a daily basis as well. We are currently looking for more Welcome Desk and Family Activity Volunteers. Do you have what it takes to join the team?

Published: 26 Apr 2022

objects of curiosity

Cabinets of Curiosity

Read on to discover more about the fascinating history of cabinets of curiosity; the displays that delighted the early modern world and eventually led to the creation of museums, and learn more about Horsham museum's very own cabinet of curiosity.

Published: 20 Apr 2022

Photograph of various spring bulbs

A Botanical Celebration: A Photographer's Perspective

Horsham Museum and Art Gallery’s spring exhibition will display the work of botanical photographer, Eleanor Coate, whose photography perfectly captures the plants of Britain, both cultivated and wild. Her framed photographic prints focus on different habitats and seasons and even include a selection of plants from the museum’s own Sylvia Standing Garden.

Published: 12 Apr 2022

Black and white image of an old school house

Storrington Museum

Storrington and District Museum is located within the Horsham District at the foot of the South Downs and is the perfect stop for a day exploring the local area. The museum also hosts a series of events from live music, to talks on local history.

Published: 08 Apr 2022