Redoubt Fortress, heritage Eastbourne

Welcome to Heritage Eastbourne

From Prehistory to Present Day

A world of discovery awaits, with The Story of Eastbourne at 248 Terminus Road,  over 200 years of history at the seafront Redoubt Fortress, 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

Open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm, daily in school holidays 

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!

Eastbourne Remembers at the Pavilion - Open daily 10am to 4pm

Redoubt Fortress

The Redoubt is open for weekend tours at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. We are working on revealing the secrets of the fortress and the people who lived here. Everything we are uncovering can be discovered on one of our FREE weekend Tours

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

Eastbourne Remembers exhibition

Unlocking Over 2,000 Years of Memories

Unlock extraordinary memories from the past, spanning over 2,000 years.  From nostalgic childhoods and heirlooms to the commemoration of loved ones, this exhibition explores how we create memories and how we choose to remember.

Open daily - FREE entry

 Eastbourne Remembers

Children at the Redoubt Fortress

Exclusive Tours at the Fortress in 2019!

Join us at 10am, 12pm and 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays for exclusive hard hat tours of the fortress.

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What's On

The Battlefield Beneath Your Feet

Culture & Cake - The Battlefield Beneath Your Feet

Sat 11 May 2019

The Battlefield Beneath Your Feet : Eastbourne 1939 - 45 Join Peter Hibbs to discover the secrets of Eastbourne during WW2.

Eating For Eastbourne

Culture & Cake - Eating for Eastbourne:

Sat 8 Jun 2019

Eating for Eastbourne: What we ate and when we ate it Join Heritage Manager Jo Seaman for a lively talk examining the evidence for what people in Eastbourne have been eating since the Stone Age

Mrs Wilson

Culture & Cake - A Century of Secrets

Sat 13 Jul 2019

A Century of Secrets. Join Katherine Buckland to solve the mysteries of Eastbourne’s often forgotten century with tales of plague, piracy and pies.

Star Brewery

Culture & Cake - Beer, Boulders and Bullets

Sat 10 Aug 2019

Beer, Boulders and Bullets: Eastbourne’s extraordinary Industry. From salt-making to flame-throwers and everything in between, join Heritage Collections Officer Kelly van Doorn to uncover Eastbourne’s industrious past.

Bourne stream

Culture & Cake - Bourne Free

Sat 14 Sep 2019

Bourne Free - Farmyards and foul water in Motcombe This talk will look at the results of this summer’s archaeological investigations in Motcombe Gardens and discover stories of lost farms, dirty water supplies and even a stolen river!