Hastings & St.Leonards Museum Association


The Hastings & St Leonards Museum Association was founded in 1889.The Association is believed to be the oldest such society in the country and opened the first museum in Hastings in 1892 in the Brassey Institute (now the central library).On 1st March 1905 ownership the Association’s now large collections  was transferred to Hastings Borough Council. There was a civic ceremony that August attended by large crowds and many dignitaries.
In accepting the gift the Mayor said that the Town would never be satisfied that the Museum should remain stationary, but would endeavour to make it one of the chief attractions of the Borough.


Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
In 1928 the Borough purchased John’s Place, built in 1923 in the Tudor style and the Museum and its collections moved in.
Hastings Old Town Hall Museum
The Association welcomes new members
Membership forms available John’s Place, Bohemia Road, Hastings TN34 1ET or downloaded here in 'pdf'
Hastings in 66 objects
New Exhibition
Wednesday August 16th.
Watch this space

The Museum’s 125th Birthday celebrations at the Museum and Art Gallery, John’s Place.  Starting at 10:30
Booking details to be published soon for coach excursions to Brighton on 6th May and Parham House on 9th July

and booking forms

The Hastings & St Leonards Museum Association retained an interest in the organization and control of the Museum and in accordance with the Deed of Transfer it is able to nominate 6 members to serve on the Borough’s Museums Committee.
Subscriptions are £7.00 individual; £12.00 for 2 persons at the same mailing address; £70.00 Life Membership.
Membership gives reductions to events, workshops and excursions.  more >

Link to Official Hastings Museum & Art Gallery site

Link to unofficial Old Town Hall Museum site. Sadly the Hastings Old Town Hall Museum is now closed

Images from the 2015 opening of the Louis Dodd Exhibition (now finished) >>more

St Leonards Pier

Sun. February 26th
2 p.m. at the Museum

‘Gone and nearly forgotten' – a History of St. Leonards Pier'
An illustrated Talk by Steve Peak.
Members £3 Non members £5


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