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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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Warminghurst's role in the US Constitution

It may come as a surprise to our readers that some of the ideas behind the major arguments taking place across the pond during the election campaigns were formed in a tiny hamlet in Horsham District. That hamlet, Warminghurst, is known today for its wonderful 18th century church interior and was once the home of a “billionaire” property developer with a religious conscience. Over 300 years ago William Penn, the landowner, settled in Warminghurst where he and colleagues met to draft out how a new colonial government would work.

Published: 05 Nov 2020

Days out

Days Out

Many of our readers may have plans for a day trip, outing or break away from home this half-term. They will be in good company as Horshamites have been going on days out for centuries.

Published: 29 Oct 2020

Drill hall horsham dance photo

Horsham's Strictly Come Dancing

With Strictly Come Dancing back on our screens, we take look at some of the history of dancing in Horsham

Published: 23 Oct 2020

Jomo Kenyatta Storrington

Horsham's Black History

Jomo Kenyatta was one of the giants of post-war African history. A leader of people, a nation (Kenya) and eventual role model of African leadership, you might wonder how he is connected to a market-gardening farm near the small Sussex village of Storrington!

Published: 13 Oct 2020

Touhing memories

Touching Memories

A blog highlighting the relaunch of the Memory Box service at Horsham Museum.

Published: 08 Oct 2020

Black and white slide showing the exterior of the Old Watermill

All You Knead Is Flour

With The Great British Bake Off back on our screens, supermarkets and grocers across the land are preparing themselves for a surge in demand for one product - flour, a staple that has seen a rise in demand ever since COVID caused the public to look at baking again. This week we explore the history of flour and milling in Horsham District.

Published: 06 Oct 2020

Photograph of a farmstead with a man standing by the fence.

Thomas Honywood, Horsham’s Photographic Artist

Blog exploring the artistry and science of Thomas Honywood's photography.

Published: 02 Oct 2020

Photograph of a winning ploughing team; three men, one woman and a horse.

Farming & Agriculture in Horsham Part 2: the 18th Century Onwards

The second part of Jeremy Knight's look into farming and agricultural practices in Horsham District's past. This week he covers the 18th century and beyond.

Published: 22 Sep 2020

Colourful paitning showing a market scene. men and bidding for calves.

Farming & Agriculture in Horsham Part 1: Iron Age to Middle Ages

The first in a two-part series looking at farming practices in Horsham's past.

Published: 18 Sep 2020

Ask a curator September 16 2020

#AskACurator Day 2020

We've gathered together the full answers to the questions our followers asked us during #AskACurator Day on 16th September 2020.

Published: 16 Sep 2020