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


Stargazing with Eastbourne Astronomical Society

Sat 29 Feb 2020

Discover the secrets of Space with Eastbourne Astronomical Society.


Stargazing with Eastbourne Astronomical Society

Sat 28 Mar 2020

Discover the secrets of Space with Eastbourne Astronomical Society.

Medieval Pilgrims

Saints and Sinners - Medieval world through badges

Sat 18 Apr 2020

Why were medieval people so obsessed with cheap badges? Join Colin Torode for an amble through the often surprising world of medieval pewter badges.

What's in a Name?

What’s In a Name?

Sat 16 May 2020

Where did the Town of Eastbourne begin? Who built it and why? Join Heritage Manager Jo Seaman for the previously untold story of how a town can change identity, prosperity and location in just a few generations.

Motcombe Dovecote

Motcombe Gardens Community Excavation

Wed 27 May - Tue 2 Jun 2020

Explore the stories of Eastbourne's Victorian Farming families and uncover the latest discoveries from the Dovecote in this year's archaeological Excavation in Motcombe Gardens


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

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Thu 25 Jun 2020

An amazing outdoor cinema experience at Gildredge Park in Eastbourne with a showing of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (15)

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman Sing-A-Long

Fri 26 Jun 2020

This is the greatest show! An amazing Sing-A-Long outdoor cinema experience at Gildredge Park in Eastbourne with a showing of the movie that has sold out cinemas all over the world!

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