This is a remarkable year for Bexhill Museum which has significant events to commemorate - the start of WW1, and its impact on the town, but also its own beginning in 1914.
The museum’s directors are therefore planning a series of events to celebrate its centenary.
The programme starts on May 22 – one hundred years to the day when Bexhill Museum was officially opened.
Museum members are being given first choice of tickets for a gala buffet dinner in the museum.
Tickets will be available from the Egerton Road museum and will also be available to the general public. The price is expected to be between £10 and £15.
Other events include:
- Saturday, March 29 - Movers and Shakers, a matinee performance to celebrate the museum centenary by young people at the De La Warr Pavilion to complement the Movers and Shakers temporary exhibition at the museum, opening on May 3.
- Wednesday, June 11 – Julian Porter gives an illustrated centenary talk based on one of the lectures by the late Henry Sargent, museum curator for more than 60 years.
First World War centenary events include:
- Wednesday, February 5 – Lecture, Conscientious Objectors of World War 1 by Ann Kramer
- Wednesday, March 1 – Opening of temporary museum exhibition Bexhill Remembers
- Sunday, April 6 – Guided walk Stepping Out to Find First World War Graves in Bexhill
- Sunday, May 11 – Guided walk Stepping Out to Explore Lowther’s Lambs and the Mysteries of Cooden Camp
- Wednesday, May 21 – Lecture, Bexhill in World War One by Peter Cole
- Wednesday, June 4 – Lecture, Bexhill Remembers, World War One by David Hatherell
- Wednesday, June 18 – Lecture, First World War Images from the Museum’s Collection by Julian Porter
The museum chairman is using the medium of the organisation’s newsletter to thank all members of Bexhill Museum Ltd. for their continuing support through membership fees and donations.
He says: “We would like to use the additional publicity, which we should generate this year, to increase our membership numbers. So please, urge your friends to join us; you know the benefits so share them with others!”