horsham historyHorsham can trace its origins to a land charter of AD 947 and has seen a number of developments in the thousand years since. The displays trace how Horsham came by its name in Saxon times to the town centre redevelopments of the 1980s and 1990s. The medieval case features a collection of medieval pots known as the 'Horsham Hoard,' found in the 1860s by Thomas Honywood. 


Finds from the private excavation of Sedgwick Castle can also be seen. In the eighteenth and nineteenth century cases there are guns and watches made by local craftsmen, a doll that was found under the floor boards of a local shop and the 'Peal Book,' recording the peals rung by Horsham bell ringers. 


Alfred ShrubbIn the twentieth century case there are the collecting tins used for fund raising for the town's War Memorial and the cottage hospital, as well as shell fragments from WWII bombs that fell on the town. 

A small case has been devoted to Alfred Shrubb, the Slinfold born world record holder for running, who was also a Horsham tobacconist.