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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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Barn against blue sky

Horsham Museum Barn and a Lost Country House

From 31 March 2022 the barn at Horsham Museum will reopen. You could be forgiven for thinking that the barn has always been found in the garden, and is an outbuilding of Causeway House (now the museum) but you would be wrong. The barn is in fact a museum object itself and was acquired in 1977 when the land it was on was sold. It needed to be removed in 10 days. It would be reassembled in the garden in the years following and opened on 30 March 1984. The barn was part of the Hills Place Estate, a lost country house once located just beyond the Bishopric on the way out of Horsham. Find out more about Hills Place in this post.

Published: 26 Mar 2022

A photo of a world war two display cabinet

Creating a New Display

Read on to discover how a new display is created at Horsham museum, and follow the process from the inception to the final result.

Published: 19 Feb 2022

World war two memorabilia

What's on - February Half Term

This February half term there is plenty to see at Horsham Museum including a new display of one of the permanent galleries and a children's trail. The museum building, gallery of historic bikes and walled garden will be open to visit and an exhibition of landscape artworks by Robin Alexander Elliott can be viewed in the temporary exhibition spaces.

Published: 12 Feb 2022

A photograph of the Chaenomeles (Flowering Quince) in the museum garden

A garden springing to life

Despite it being early February, it’s surprising how much colour can be found in the museum garden already. Over the last month, we have enjoyed a beautiful display from our two Chaenomeles (Flowering Quince) bushes, as well as a host of Hellebores with their creamy white flowers putting on a show around the dragon statue.

Published: 04 Feb 2022

Medieval pots, the Horsham Hoard

Medieval Ceramics

Read on to learn a little more about the history of Pottery in England and about the unique ceramics local to Horsham, on display at the Museum.

Published: 29 Jan 2022

Abstract landscape of a field and buildings

Radically Different Landscapes by Robin Alexander Elliott

Horsham Museum and Art Gallery’s first exhibition of 2022 will showcase the work of Robin Alexander Elliott. Robin studied Fine Art at Sidcup School of Art in the 50s under the tutelage of Frank Auerbach, but it was during his time in National Service in the Yorkshire Dales that he was inspired to capture the drama of the Dales landscape on canvas.

Published: 18 Jan 2022

A Photograph of Gordon Rushmer products in the museum gift shop

Gordon Rushmer gift shop collection

Continuing on from the recent re opening of the museum shop, we are pleased to announce that a collection of greetings cards and books by renowned local artist Gordon Rushmer have just arrived and are now on sale.

Published: 13 Jan 2022

A photograph of the local books for sale in Horsham Museum shop

Museum Shop update

With a visit to the museum shop being an intrinsic part of a trip to the museum, we felt that it was only right that the shop had a refresh of its own following on from the development of the museum and the work which had been carried out to update the displays throughout lockdown.

Published: 05 Jan 2022

Victorian horse drawn fire enfine

The Friends of Horsham Museum & Art Gallery

The Friends of Horsham Museum support the museum in raising funds, whether for an exciting new object which has come up for auction or if an artefact needs conservation treatment.

Published: 30 Nov 2021

Text from an historic lease agreement

Conservation at Horsham Museum

Find out more about the hazards and threats faced by historic objects in museums, and the ways in which conservators tackle them.

Published: 20 Nov 2021