Archives, Local & Social History

Around two-thirds of Hastings Museum & Art Gallery's collections are made up of archives, local & social history items.  These include maps, photographs, documents & ephemera, antique books, costume & textiles and general social history objects.  These give a detailed historical picture of the development of the town over the last 500 years.

  • Maps

    The Museum has over 1000 maps in its collections, ...   view

  • Brewing

    Brewing became big business in the early 19th cent ...   view

  • Smuggling

    The Sussex coast was ideal for smuggling.  It ...   view

  • First World War

    The Museum is currently working on its First World ...   view

  • Tourism

    From the early 19th century, tourism became very i ...   view

  • Costume
    The Museum has a large collection of costume, accessori ...   view
  • Local Churches
    The Museum has objects and archives relating to the tow ...   view
  • Figureheads
    The Museum has a number ship's figureheads, including t ...   view
  • Sidney Little
    Sidney Little was the borough engineer from the 1930s-5 ...   view
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