History in the making at Hailsham

Mayor opens Hailsham museum for the season, Blackmans Yard, Market Street, Hailsham.''Alice and Frank Stenhouse (curators) with Richard Grocock (deputy mayor)

Mayor opens Hailsham museum for the season, Blackmans Yard, Market Street, Hailsham.''Alice and Frank Stenhouse (curators) with Richard Grocock (deputy mayor)

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ITEMS commemorating the Queen’s coronation are being displayed at Hailsham Heritage Centre to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee this year.

The Hailsham Heritage Centre has reopened for the 2012 season with a host of new exhibitions and interesting historical items.

Deputy Town Mayor Cllr Richard Grocock was on hand to declare the museum, in Blackman’s Yard, Market Street, officially open on Friday at an event attended by members of the public and representatives from the Hailsham Historical Society.

After the official opening, Cllr Grocock said: “The Hailsham Historical & Natural History Society’s programme of talks and activities in 2011 was a big success and an even bigger series of events and additional guest speakers have been scheduled for 2012.

“The Heritage Centre itself has been at the heart of Hailsham for a long time and has served the town well.

“I encourage everyone to come and visit the museum – volunteer staff are looking forward to welcoming visitors from near and far and sharing their knowledge of this important town with you.”

The Hailsham Heritage Centre houses a small but interesting display including a period kitchen, farming and agriculture, local historical items, 19th and 20th century photographs, wartime artefacts and memorabilia.

The museum is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 12.30pm, until Saturday September 8. Admission is free.

Hailsham Historical & Natural History Society Secretary Maxine Kitcher said: “We start this year with some new and rearranged exhibits and displays, along with further interpretation on some of many of our interesting historical items.”

“In this, the celebratory year which combines the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics, the Society has an exciting and varied calendar of exhibitions, displays, special activities and guest speaker talks scheduled, which will be of interest to anyone wanting to find out more about our town’s eventful history.”

The Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011, has an active programme of meetings and events throughout the year.

Visit www.hailshamhistoricalsociety.co.uk