Heritage Eastbourne

Welcome to Heritage Eastbourne

From Prehistory to Present Day


A world of discovery awaits, from the Story of Eastbourne exhibition in Terminus Road to exploring the secrets of Eastbourne through archaeological digs, local history research and much more!

By making tangible links to real people, by walking the same ground, learning through life enhancing experiences, challenging the way people think and inspiring and stimulating debate, we explore what it means to be human in Eastbourne in a different time.

The Story of Eastbourne


The Story of Eastbourne

Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm, daily in school holidays at 248 Terminus Road

This exhibition will lead you on a journey through Eastbourne's History. It may take twists and turns that you dont expect and there will be some surprises along the way.

It is a celebration of storytelling from the people of Eastbourne. A story through their objects, their words, their legacies and even their bones.

It is a tale full of mystery, intrigue, faith, fortune, love, war and magic!

Discover Our Story

Tales of the town

Hats in the Story of Eastbourne


Discover ancient axes unearthed in Eastbourne, a piece of real Roman floor, spectacular Saxon treasure and top secret orders from the Home Guard in WW2.

Find out how Mrs Wilson tricked soldiers with a pie, what Richard de Clouworth the extravagantly dressed Vicar did in the 1300s and which magic trick George Grimmond invented in Eastbourne!

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Learning visits

Saxon Treasure

Discover the Stories of Eastbourne at the exhibition or we can bring the stories to you!

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Heritage Highlights

The Story of Eastbourne

The Story of Eastbourne

The Story of Eastbourne exhibition and heritage hub tells the story of Eastbourne through the eyes of the real people who lived it, as well as providing an information hub for heritage. Open Tues - Sun, 10am - 4pm

Story of Eastbourne

This is Not A History Talk

This Is Not A History Talk

Explore why Medieval people were obsessed with cheap badges, the 900 year old mystery of Eastbourne and why Eastbournians talk like this. Join us for a journey through Eastbourne’s fashion history and see the Neolithic with 2020 vision

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Prehistory Outreach

Visit us or we can visit you!

We love working with schools and run a great outreach programme as well as school visits to the Story of Eastbourne exhibition. All education resources are tailored to meet the national curriculum using our excellent collections to cover subjects from pre-history to World War II.

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What's On


Behind the Seams

Sat 20 Jun 2020

Join Katherine Buckland to journey through Eastbourne’s fashion history and unravel the stories behind the style. Explore how the clothes people wore and the fashion choices they made can give us clues about who they were

Butts Brow

Butts Brow Community Excavation

Mon 13 Jul - Sun 2 Aug 2020

Uncover more about our Neolithic ancestors at Butts Brow and explore our Downland heritage. Join us for daily tours of the site at 11am and get involved in prehistoric experimental archaeology on 18 July

Making a Sussex Name for Yourself

Making a (Sussex) name for yourself

Sat 25 Jul 2020

Ever been called a Scaddle by a Bozzler after too many Bumboos? Join Kelly van Doorn to explore how geography, location and occupation shaped the names and dialect of Eastbourne’s locals. You’d be Willocky to miss it!

Butts Brow

Seeing the Neolithic with 2020 vision

Sat 22 Aug 2020

Join Stephen Patton for an update on the latest excavations at Butts Brow and examine the site in the broader Sussex context

Spooky Stairs

Twilight Tours

Sun 25 - Tue 27 Oct 2020

October is a spooky month at the Redoubt, as the 200 year old fortification opens up for Twilight Tours.

Mary Beard

Mary Beard - What did the Romans do for us?

Thu 12 Nov 2020

Join Professor Mary Beard for an evening exploring What the Romans did for us?