Heritage Eastbourne

Welcome to Heritage Eastbourne

From Prehistory to Present Day


A world of discovery awaits, from the brand new Story of Eastbourne exhibition in Terminus Road to over 200 years of history at the seafront Redoubt Fortress. Plus fascinating heritage exhibitions at the Pavilion, walking trails, archaeological digs, local history research and much more.

From Neolithic to Napoleonic, Eastbourne's story and that of its downland is retold through fascinating exhibitions, digs and research projects.

The Story of Eastbourne


The Story of Eastbourne

Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm, daily in school holidays at 248 Terminus Road

This new 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 - 5pm

Story of Eastbourne

Town Hall Talks

Town Hall Talks

Discover the mysteries of Ancient DNA and the People of Britain, uncover the Lost Decoration of Historic Buildings and discover how, where and when humankind has got merry in our Town Hall Talks this Autumn

Town Hall Talks

Children at the Redoubt Fortress

Exclusive Tours at the Fortress in 2019!

10am, 12pm and 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays - exclusive hard hat tours of the fortress.

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What's On

Close Encounters

Close Encounters of the Third Kind film screening

Sat 28 Sep 2019

Film Screening with lightshow and soundtrack in the parade ground As inexplicable events baffle experts worldwide, a UFO-obsessed man is drawn to a mysterious mountain that leads to a life-changing encounter.

Professor Ian Barnes

Town Hall Talk Ancient DNA & the people of Britain

Wed 16 Oct 2019

Join Professor Ian Barnes to discover the mysteries of Ancient DNA and the People of Britain Prepare to have your ideas about British Prehistory challenged or even changed completely in this intriguing presentation.

Spooky Stairs

Twilight Tours

Fri 25 - Sun 27 Oct 2019

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

Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas & Pumpkin Carving

Sat 26 Oct 2019

Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept.

Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror

Thu 31 Oct 2019

Film screening and Ghost tour Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away

Jonathan Foyle

The Lost Decoration of Historic Buildings

Mon 11 Nov 2019

Join Dr Jonathan Foyle for a fascinating talk on the Lost Decoration of Historic Buildings.

Mark Forsyth

Town Hall Talk - Making Merry

Thu 12 Dec 2019

From the author of A Short History of Drunkenness and A Christmas Cornucopia: the Hidden Stories behind our Yuletide Traditions, join Mark Forsyth to discover how, where and when humankind has got merry!