The Brassey Family & Their Collection

The Brasseys were an influential family in Hastings in the second half of the 19th century and early 20th centuries.  They were very wealthy and lived in great style at their country houses, Beauport Park and Normanhurst Court, but they also had a strong sense of public duty and were closely involved with local politics and charitable causes.

They donated a large portion of their impressive collection of world art objects, as well as the magnificent Durbar Hall, in 1919.  The Museum also has an archive of press cuttings, political speeches and photographs.


  • The Sunbeam
    The 'Sunbeam' was a 3-masted steam schooner, 48m long x ...   view
  • The Lady Brassey Museum

    The Durbar Hall was purchased as a setting fo ...   view

  • Thomas Brassey II (1836-1918)

    Thomas Brassey II studied Law but his ambition was ...   view

  • Annie Brassey (1839-1887)

    Anna 'Annie' Allnut was born into a wealthy family ...   view

  • 'How the journal was written', after a drawing by the Hon A Bingham
    Annie started recording their life at sea in letters th ...   view
  • Offering vessel from Myanmar (Burma)

    This offering vessel from the 19th century is ...   view

  • Malagan Mask from New Ireland province, Papua New Guinea

    The people of northern New Ireland, Papua New Guin ...   view

  • The Durbar Hall

    This magnificent carved hall was made for the 1886 ...   view

  • The Upper Durbar Hall
    Today the upper floor of the Durbar Hall contains theme ...   view
  • Feather Cloak from Hawaii - 'Ahu 'ula

    Feathered regalia was a unique feature of Hawaiian ...   view

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