Photography came to Horsham around 1850. The Museum and Art Gallery has a number of early photographs taken by Henry Padwick and Thomas Honywood. Honywood was a photographic inventor and the Museum has a number of textiles, prints and ceramics with his images printed on them.

The Horsham Museum Society found in 1893 started collecting photographs from its earliest days including a photo of a hairless horse from New Zealand. In 1933, Emma Henderson of Sedgwick Park died and the museum acquired 320 photographs of the Far East and America by some of the great late Victorian photographers - Beato and Bourne.

In 1930 Cecil Cramp took up Photography at Collyer's school and throughout his life photographed the changing views of the town as well as acquiring a number of historic images. On his death, his collection of nearly 4000 images was donated to the Museum by the family. It includes not only views of the town but also some of the local villages. This complemented the Branch Carter collection acquired by the Friends of Horsham Museum at auction containing many unusual views of the town from the 1970s through to the 1990s.

The town's rapid changes in the 1980s and 1990s was captured by Horsham District Council Civil Engineering and Planning Department and these have been recently passed to the Museum.

If you would like to see the originals, please contact the museum.  Photographs can be order to buy at a price of £5 per A4 print, depending on copywrite.

Cramp Slide Archive (4276.56 Kb)
A representative sample of slide images by Cecil Cramp.