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

Friday 13th October 7:00pm for 7:30pm. Talk by André Palfrey-Martin MA BA Hons PGCE
Free but a donation would be appreciated.
contact André Palfrey-Martin MA BA Hons PGCE Tel 01424 445858 : Mob 07922064218 andpm@btinternet.com.

Sunday 15th October, 2.00pm - 3.00pm 'Pillar Box Red'
Illustrated Talk, by Steven Whitfield of the Hastings & St.Leonards Society. General history of Post Office letter boxes with a focus on the pillar and wall boxes of local interest and heritage value.
Free admission but retiring collection for Hastings & St.Leonards Society.
Email: hstlsoc@gmail.com

Hastings in 66 objects
Hastings in 66 objects

The Association welcomes new members
Membership forms available John’s Place, Bohemia Road, Hastings TN34 1ET or downloaded here in 'pdf'

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 ended) >>more

Images from George Graham's Creation Paintings exhibition (now ended) >>more

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