Michelham Priory

Upper Dicker
Hailsham BN27 3QS

sussexpast.co.uk

Michelham Priory is an historic house, gardens, forge and watermill with 800 years of history and the longest water filled moat in England. The museum explores rural life in Sussex as a Medieval religious house, through the Tudor period and into the 20th century.

Mill Toy & Pedal Car Museum, The

The Mill, Station Road
Northiam TN31 6QT

themilltoymuseum.com

The Mill was built between 1900 and 1910 and operated for many years as a gas powered flour mill, 100 years later the building has been lovingly restored and converted into a toy and pedal car museum which is widely considered the largest and finest collection of pedal cars in Europe. With exhibits dating from Victorian times, visitors of all ages will enjoy a trip down memory lane as a world in miniature awaits discovery.

Museum of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution

King Edward Parade
Eastbourne BN21 4BY

eastbournernli.org

Housed in the 1898 RNLI William Terris Memorial Boathouse, King Edwards Parade, at the western end of Eastbourne Seafront. The boathouse was built from public donations collected by the Daily Telegraph, to commemorate the life of the well known actor, William Terriss, who was assassinated outside the Adelphi Theatre in 1897. The museum, completely refurbished in November 2011, houses collections and displays showing the history of the Eastbourne lifeboats since 1822, when the first lifeboat came on the scene at Eastbourne. It was given by the well known local eccentric John 'Mad Jack' Fuller. The lifeboat variously known as 'samaritan' or 'The Rose' served until 1863. Various lifeboats served in this boathouse until 1924, when the retiring lifeboat 'James Stevens N06_ was placed within as an exhibition piece. In 1936 it was sold to a local fishing family and became a beach pleasure boat. In 1937 the boathouse became the first RNLI museum in the country. After the war a souvenir shop was incorporated which has now become one of the top performing outlets selling gifts and souvenirs in support of the RNLI. Whilst in the museum read about 'The 'New Brunswick' service in 1833 when due to storms, the lifeboat had to be towed by relays of horses to Birling Gap, some 8 miles away, before it could be launched. The' Jane Holland' at Dunkirk.

Musgrave Collection, The

77 Seaside Road
Eastbourne BN22 3PL

musgravemuseum.co.uk

The Musgrave Collection is a small, independent museum and art gallery dedicated to the works and the collections of George Musgrave. It comprises hundreds of paintings, mini-sculptures, Roman and British coin collections, newspapers from the era of the Battle of Trafalgar, a diorama depicting the changing seasons, cabinets depicting the evolution of writing systems and visuaal aids, ancient Egyptian artefacts and Victoriana.