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.

  • Map made by Samuel Cant to survey the lands of Hastings
    Maps

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

  • Mark of the Breeds Yard brewery in Hastings
    Brewing

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

  • 19th Century cork float designed to hold a small amount of high-value contraband
    Smuggling

    The Sussex coast was ideal for smuggling.  ...

  • Silk pins, typical of those sold on Flag Days to raise money and show support for the war effort
    First World War

    The Museum is currently working on its First ...

  • Tourist poster c1910 designed to encourage more tourism during the winter months
    Tourism

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

  • Rare gloves from the 17th Century made of leather and trimmed with lace
    Costume
    The Museum has a large collection of costume, ...
  • Timer used at All Saints Church to make sure that the sermon didn't go on for too long
    Local Churches
    The Museum has objects and archives relating to the ...
  • Pelican figurehead made of oak in 1838
    Figureheads
    The Museum has a number of  ships' figureheads, ...
  • Poster advertising the famous bathing pool at Hastings and St. Leonards
    Sidney Little
    Sidney Little was the borough engineer from the ...
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