Newhaven Historical Society

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Newhaven Museum
near Brighton, East Sussex



Newhaven Museum has an Open Day on Saturday 29th July between 10.00am and 4.00pm, when there will be free admission throughout the day. Visitors can see the recently in installed displays and volunteers with local knowledge will be available to answer questions about the history of the town. At 11.00am, the Mayor of Newhaven, Councillor June Dyer, will officially open the Peter Bailey Archive Room as a tribute to the museum founder. The room holds the collection of 1000’s of photographs of Newhaven and the surrounding villages as well as many important historic documents.

Newhaven Historical Society own and manage the Newhaven Museum which is located at Paradise Park in Newhaven, East Sussex – within easy reach of Brighton and Eastbourne. The museum houses a diverse collection of photographs and artifacts relating to local heritage and the maritime history of Newhaven and the surrounding area.

The Society was founded by four local history enthusiasts and collectors and the Newhaven Museum first opened in 1971 in a small rented room adjoining the old Pilot's House on Newhaven's West Quay and expanded to its current location in 1996. The honorary curator is Tony Helyar.

Museum opening times :

Newhaven Museum Opening Times:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 11.00am - 4.00pm

For further info about opening times please telephone Tony Helyar : 01273 515404

An annual programme of interesting talks and events take place at the Hillcrest Centre, Hillcrest Road, Newhaven, BN9 9EA.These are frequently of interest to anyone researching family history and the life and times of their family in Newhaven and East Sussex.

Next Event: Tuesday 3rd October 2017 - 7.00 for 7.30pm


Magnus Volk and his Railway at Brighton. Speaker: Ian Gledhill

Ian Gledhill had a varied career including TV, theatre, engineering, travel and tourism. He now divides his time between giving lectures and as Chairman and a driver for the Volk’s Electric Railway. Magnus Volk (1851–1937) was a pioneer British electrical engineer. He is most notable for having built Volk's Electric Railway, the world's oldest extant electric railway. He also built the unique, but short lived, Brighton and Rottingdean Seashore Electric Railway, together with its unusual Daddy Long Legs vehicle.

Members - free entry
Guests welcome - £5.00 entry


Local History Speakers - The society is always pleased to have information from speakers who can give a talk for about an hour on subjects including Newhaven, Maritime History, Family History, Social History, Brighton, Eastbourne and East Sussex in general. Please contact the secretary with details.
Newhaven (01273) 515404 ahelyar@tiscali.co.uk


Newhaven Museum, near Brighton, East Sussex, UK


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