Our Work

Our work can be divided into five areas: collections development, exhibitions, events, learning and projects. The way we tackle these areas is set out in the museum's Business Plan.

Collections Development
We have combined our collections policies into one document called the Collections Management Framework.  The framework includes:

Collections Development Policy
We use our collections development policy to help guide our decisions on how to responsibly care for and manage our collections. You can find out more about our collections here. If you would like to donate an object, please complete this form and one of the team will be in touch.

Collections Information Policy
The information policy sets out how we record and store information about the collection.

Collections Care and Conservation Policy
The care and conservation policy sets out what risks the collections face and how we try to limit potential damage.

Collections Access Policy
The access policy is there to help us to reduce barriers preventing people finding out more about the collection.

We have policies for:

We are committed to making our collections widely available and welcome requests to lend objects from our collection to other organisations and institutions which share the museum's values and aims. Please see our Loans Policy for further details.

Human remains
Our Care and Treatment of Human Remains policy sets out how we care for and use human remains. 

Exhibitions take place in the Art Gallery and the Walkway. We use our exhibitions strategy  to help decide what exhibitions to put on. If you have an idea for an exhibition, please complete the expression of interest form at the end of the strategy.

The first-floor walkway is available to hire for exhibitions. If would like to know more about hiring the Walkway, please get in touch.

We aim to make our events and activities accessible for as many people as possible. If you have any ideas or suggestions for future events or activities, please get in touch.

We aim to inspire creativity and life-long learning through the innovative use of collections to create fun and thought provoking formal and informal learning opportunities. Our approach to learning is underpinned by our learning strategy.

Our projects are designed to deal with areas we think need special attention.

Current Projects
LGBTQI+ A Hop Skip and a Jump… (2019 - )
We are working with East Sussex County Council, Charleston Farmhouse, De La Warr Pavilion, Towner Gallery and local young people to explore the hidden histories of LGBTQI+ people and communities in East Sussex over the past 100 years. 

Museum & Schools (2018- )
This is a two-year long project funded by Arts Council England and the Department of Education. The aim of the Museums and Schools project is to increase the number of schools visiting the museum. This project is a partnership between Hastings and Bexhill Museums.

As part of the Museum and Schools project, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery teamed up with local arts and theatre company, Dens and Signals, to trial a successful project supporting Year 6 pupils moving onto secondary school. This project, Transformations, used the museum, it’s grounds and collection to talk about friendship, resilience and dealing with change.

Heritage Schools (2018- )
This is an on-going piece of work with Historic England and local schools.

Previous Projects
Exploring Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Project
We worked with the International Council of Monuments and Sites UK, other museums and artists to explore intangible elements in museum collections. The project identified how ICH could be used to create links with audiences and improve participation. 

Finding our place: A Future for Hastings Museum (2016-2018)
This Arts Council England funded project supported the museum to look at its organisation and ability to deliver the council’s priorities. This project has helped support the development of the vision to be a community museum. Download the report here.

Hastings Remembers... A Five-Year Programme of First World War Centenary Activities (2014-18)
Hastings Remembers was a programme of community activities to commemorate the First World War funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (National Lottery Heritage Fund). The project used community workshops, research and exhibitions to explore the impact of the war on Hastings.

Climate Emergency
HMAG has a big role supporting children and young people responding to the climate emergency.

Climate artwork by chidren

We are getting hands-on and creative! Local young people designed fantastic posters in our Climate Emergency Poster competition. We are displaying them in the museum to let visitors know why some gallery lights are off.

Students from Icklesham took part in a LEGO workshop, designing, building and coding machines to clear plastic from the oceans. This supports their whole-school topic for 2020 ‘There is no Planet B!’. 

Our approach to
Fair Pay - we are committed to paying people who work in arts and fairly. Our fees for artists, creatives and specialists for projects are in line with guidelines set by the relevant lead bodies.

Working with partners – we believe working in partnership helps us do our job better. We decide on who to work with based on what the aims of the project or work are.

The shop – we like to stock a range of merchandise in the shop. We cater for all budgets from pocket money buys through to one-off bespoke artisan commissions. If you have any ideas or suggestions for new stock, then please get in touch.

Volunteering – you can find out what volunteering opportunities we currently have here. We encourage volunteer involvement in our work and hope that volunteers will both enjoy and benefit from their experiences. Our Volunteer Policy sets out our approach to volunteering.

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