Horsham Museum and Art Gallery has a wealth of resources to help you explore the history of your town and district, with documents and artefacts dating back over 1000 years.

Horsham District Heritage Trail

A Horsham District Heritage Trail is available. It consists of 32 plaques around the district where there is something of historical interest worth seeing or being aware of.  As well as the plaques a booklet is available including photographs to accompany the trail. The booklet is available to purchase at Horsham Museum priced at £3.50 or you can download here.

Museum Collections & Archive

In addition to the objects in our main collections, we have a large photographic archive that chronicles the changing appearance of the town from the mid nineteenth century to the present; a wealth of documents and manuscripts produced by local organisations, business and individuals. A selection of books published on the locality; and numerous ephemera items from the past 200 years that illustrate various town events. For more information view our collections. All of the items in our collection are available to view. We ask that you contact us to book a session, giving at last three days notice. Please either email the Museum or call us on 01403 254 959.

We regret that Museum staff are unable to conduct research on behalf of individuals although the District local History Groups may be able to help.     You can also find contact details for local history groups if you are interested in the history of your village.

If you are interested in your local history or that of other villages in Horsham District please contact the local societies listed below or visit their websites.

Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre
contact name: Dr Claire Seymour
email: office@amberleymuseum.co.uk
website: www.amberleymuseum.co.uk

Ashington Local History Society
contact name: Daphne and Brian Norton
email: daphne.norton@tesco.net 

Barns Green and Itchingfield Local History Society
contact name: Merve Goddard
email: ww1@barnsgreen.com
website: website

Beeding and Bramber Local History Society
contact name: Mrs P Nightingale
email: drpnightingale@mypostoffice.co.uk
website: website

Billingshurst Local History Society
contact name: Ms G J Knight
email: g.j.s.knight@btinternet.com
website: website

Broadbridge Heath Local History Society
contact name: Jonathan England
email: jonathan.england1@btinternet.com
website:

Christ's Hospital Museum
contact name: Andrea Welstead
email: acw@christs-hospital.org.uk
website: website

Cowfold Village History Society
contact name: Stella Bianco
email: scb@biancoteam.com
website: website

Henfield History Group
contact name: Maureen Fletcher
email: moleenfletcher@gmail.com
website: website

Henfield Museum
contact name: Alan Barwick
email: office@henfield.gov.uk
Website: http://www.henfieldhub.com/henfield-museum
Horsham Museum Local History Group (Friends of Horsham Museum)
contact name: Julie Mitchell
email: museum@horsham.gov.uk
website: website
Horsham Geological Field Club
contact name: Gill Woodhatch
email: horsham.geological.field.club@gmail.com
website: website
Horsham Society
contact name: David Moore
email: Chairman@horshamsociety.org
website: website

Lower Beeding Association
contact name: Mrs J Fake
Address: c/o The Village Hall, Leechpond Hall, Lower Beeding, West Sussex RH13 6NR
website: website

Nuthurst Society
contact name: Derek Bradnum
email: secretary@nuthurstsociety.org.uk
website: website
Parham House and Gardens
contact name: none
email: enquiries@parhaminsussex.co.uk
website: website

Partridge Green Local History Group
contact name: Dorothy Banks
email: dobanks@aol.com
website: website

Pulborough Society
contact name: Anne Ball
email: anneball@gmail.com
website: website

Rudgwick Preservation Society
contact name: Roger J Nash
email: rjnash@weyhurst.co.uk
website: website

Friends of Shipley Mill (Currently closed to the Public)
contact name: David French
email: none
website: website

Shipley Local History Group
Contacts: Derek Larcombe
Telephone: 01403 740048
or Claire Searle Telephone: 01403 741063
website: http://website

Slinfold History Group
contact name: Diana Chatwin
c/o Slinfold House, The Street, Slinfold, West Sussex, RH13 0RP
website:

Southwater Local History Group
contact name: Judith Court
email: info@Southwaterhistory.co.uk
website: website

Steyning History Society
contact name: Ian Ivatt
email: ianivatt.tax@tiscali.co.uk
website:

Steyning Museum
contact name: Chris Tod
email: none
website: website

Steyning Society
contact name: Mr P Harris
email: none
website: website

Storrington and District Museum
contact name:
email: info@storringtonmuseum.org.
website: website

Storrington Conservation Society
contact name: Mick Denness
email: mick.denness@waitrose.com
website: website

Warnham Historical Society
contact name: John Hamer (chairman)
email: john.hamer@thebanks-warnham.fsnet.co.uk
website: www.warnhamsociety.org.uk/

West Grinstead Local History Group
contact name: Dorothy Banks
email: dobanks@aol.com
Wey and Arun Canal Trust
contact name: Dr Tony Tyrrell
email: sec@weyandarun.co.uk
website: website