Special reception event to mark Bexhill Museum’s centenary

TICKETS are now available for the reception which will mark the centenary of the opening of the town’s museum.

Bexhill’s then Member of Parliament, Mr George Courthope, performed the opening ceremony at the Egerton Road Museum on May 22, 1914 before an audience of local dignitaries and local residents.

Guest speakers at the 6.30pm centenary event at the museum on Thursday, May 22 will include current MP Greg Barker and the museum’s president, Megan Traice.

Also in attendance following their appearance in the Movers and Shakers centenary production staged at the De La Warr Pavilion will be Jess Leader, who played co-founder Kate Marsden, and Thomas Preston, who played the museum’s long-serving curator, Henry Sargent.

The former will be unveiling Kate Marsden’s new portrait in the museum’s Sargent Gallery.

The evening will also see the official opening of the museum’s Arts Council-funded exhibition,

Movers and Shakers, which explores the stories of the museum’s founders.

The recently-launched Bexhill Remembers exhibition, commemorating the town’s sacrifices during the 1914-18 war, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will also be on view.

Museum chairman John Betts said this week: “We can also promise a few surprises.”

Tickets for the prestigious event may be obtained from the museum at £25, which includes a complimentary glass of wine and a running buffet. Advance booking is required.