Collections Research

Hastings Museum & Art Gallery is a local museum with global collections, including fine and decorative arts, archaeology, local history and ethnography. There are a range of options for exploring the collections in more depth:

Local Studies Room 

The Local Studies Room is open for drop-in visitors on the third Wednesday of every month. You are welcome to use this time to explore our local studies collections including, local books and directories, maps, newspaper cuttings, photographs and local interest journals and magazines.  

The next sessions will be:

Wednesday 16 th January 10:30 – 13:30

Wednesday 20 th February 10:30 – 13:30

Wednesday 20 th March 10:30 – 13:30  

Research Enquiries  

The museum team can assist with research enquiries related to our collections. We are able to undertake research on the behalf of enquirers for up to 30 minutes free of charge, after this time you may be charged. When responding to your enquiry we will make you aware of any fees before we undertake any further research.

Please complete the enquiry form and one of the team will be in touch with you.  

Projects and Academic Research

We support a wide range of projects and research into our collections.  If you are developing a project related to our collections please contact us at an early stage of the project to see how we can support you. Unfortunately, we are not able to support every project that we are asked to be involved with.

If you are an academic researcher interested in our collections or are considering a project involving our collections then please email us at

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