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The prisoner in his cell, and the empty cell with the door open

The Horsham prisoner escapes

After serving 20 years of an indeterminate life sentence for a crime no one can remember, a Horsham prisoner has escaped. Here, we take a look at other famed escapes and the history of the Horsham jail

Published: 13 May 2021

Sarah Hurst Diary

Mass Observation Day - 12 May 2021

Today is Mass Observation Day! On the 12th May 2021, the Mass Observation Archive will be repeating its annual call for day diaries, capturing the everyday lives of people across the UK.

Published: 12 May 2021

The Discover the District gallery has been painted in a fresh modern sea blue, a modern take on a heritage colour that complements the original beams and the pale wood flooring

All at sea: A fresh coat of calm amidst the chaos

As renovation work continues and much of the museum building resembles a bit of a building site, one room has received a calming coat of blue paint that complements its historic features.

Published: 12 May 2021

A before image on the left shows the cement flooring. On the right is the original flagstone, revealed after laying hidden for 50 years

All in a day's work: Revealing the original flagstone flooring

After laying hidden for at least 50 years, we've revealed the original flagstone flooring at the back of the museum.

Published: 04 May 2021

Museum Garden

The Museum Garden

For National Gardening Week (April 26-May 2) we wanted to share with you some insights on Horsham Museum's Garden written by our volunteers who work tirelessly in the garden whatever the weather to maintain its stunning appearance!

Published: 27 Apr 2021

Two photos of the former Albery display in Horsham Museum. The space is bare and the exposed beams and tile floor are in tact

Updating the Displays: The Albery Display

The Albery display has been removed and put in storage. As you can see, the space looks quite different without it! In 2022 when the Barn re-opens parts of the collection will be on display with the transport collection. We take a look back on the history of the Albery collection.

Published: 22 Apr 2021

Rifle regiment

221 year old Horsham link to HRH Prince Philip’s Funeral

The Rifles Regiment prominent at the Funeral of HRH Prince Philip has a 221-year-old history that has its origins in Horsham in West Sussex

Published: 20 Apr 2021

White text on blue background reads Museum Refresh 2020-2021 An Overview

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

world book day image

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