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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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Updating the Displays: New Themes

Published: 30 Mar 2021

Godman Catalogue

A Collector Collected – unique items reveal all

Horsham Museum & Art Gallery have bought two fascinating library catalogues that allow the reader to re-create the intellectual workhorse of Frederick DuCane Godman of South Lodge. This is thanks to the generosity of the Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, the Friends of National Libraries and the Friends of Horsham Museum.

Published: 10 Mar 2021

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Book Hunters on World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day, Horsham Museum and Art gallery looks back to a time when book hunting involved hardship, dogged determination and a lot of luck.

Published: 03 Mar 2021

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Two-hundred years on, getting ready to mark a death

Next year, 8 July 2022, is the bicentenary of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s death. The nation has had 199 years to prepare for this event but how, and with what, will Horsham District Council’s Horsham Museum be marking the occasion?

Published: 25 Feb 2021

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Updating the Displays: The Horsham Room

An update on our behind the scenes work during lockdown. Find out more about our existing displays, and what we're working on at the moment.

Published: 19 Feb 2021

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A Perfect Valentine’s Match for LGBTQ+ History Month

A fascinating look at a recent acquisition from 270 years ago telling fascinating tales of failed gay seduction, smuggling, robbery, and a 19-year-old lad courting a rich 70-year-old widow, causing mayhem and gallivanting across England and France in order to escape his work in brick making.

Published: 12 Feb 2021

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The First Census

Great Britain conducted its first census 220 years ago this March.  This article looks at that momentous event and its results.

Published: 08 Feb 2021

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When a Map is Not a Map in the Age of Shakespeare

Horsham Museum & Art Gallery has just acquired a very rare copy of the map to be part of its new gallery on Horsham District in the medieval and Tudor periods.

Published: 19 Jan 2021

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Unemployment in 1921 - 100 years on

We are currently seeing a rise in unemployment caused by the impact of COVID-19. Interestingly, 100 years ago, the impact of Spanish Flu and the post-war depression had a similar effect.

Published: 13 Jan 2021

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Home is Where the Hearth Is

We look at that key feature of a home, the hearth, which has historically been central to homemaking.

Published: 08 Jan 2021