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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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Black and white picture of a building an cars

Booksellers of Horsham

Jeremy Knight discusses the history of book-selling in Horsham.

Published: 28 Aug 2020

Postcard with Horsham written in capitals. There are 2 images, one of St Mary's Church and one of the Carfax and the bandstand.

Pretty as a Picture (Postcard)

Blog post exploring the history of the picture postcard using images from our collection.

Published: 26 Aug 2020

Baby with two fingers up in the air for victory

VJ Day

A short blog looking at objects in Horsham Museum's collection that relate to VJ Day.

Published: 15 Aug 2020

Men standing next to and sitting on pennyfarthings

Cycling Madness

This week's blog looks at the cycling craze that took off in Horsham using a range of images from our collections.

Published: 07 Aug 2020

A pair of leather football boots

The Origins and Early Days of Football

Much to the relief of football fans across the country, the UK’s most popular sport is back on our screens. This blog explores the early days of football in Horsham District.

Published: 26 Jun 2020

Water cart & queue outside Broadbridge Heath Post Office in 1934.

Water, water, everywhere - Part 2

A look at the provision of water in Horsham District in the 20th century.

Published: 26 Jun 2020

The Williams and Son shop front and drawers in the museum

The Shop Display - Video

Collections Assistant Cathie talks about her favourite thing in the Museum.

Published: 17 Jun 2020

Mummified cat

The Cat of Curiosity - Video

A short video telling the history of the Museum's mummified cat by Curator, Jeremy Knight.

Published: 17 Jun 2020

Teddy Rutland poster

All the World’s a Stage: Theatres in Horsham

In response to the closure of live theatre across the country, we explore the history of theatrical entertainment in Horsham, in a dramatic retelling of the story.

Published: 17 Jun 2020

1916-30 German U-boat

Spies of Horsham

We take a look at the colourful lives of two well-known World War One spies with connections to Horsham: John G Millais and Wilfrid Scawen Blunt.

Published: 17 Jun 2020