Museum opens for new season

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The Hailsham Heritage Centre has reopened for the 2013 season with a host of new exhibitions and historical items.

Hailsham’s Town Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley officially opened the museum at an event attended by members of the public and representatives from the Hailsham Historical Society on May 10.

Cllr Bentley said: “I think it’s important for towns to have heritage centres such as this for the simple reason that we live in an age where people tend to forget about their history but also find it very interesting when they learn about it. Our heritage centre has been at the heart of Hailsham for a long time. It tells the story of the town’s history from its origins to the present day with some amazing displays and artefacts, and a wide range of materials for people researching their local or family history.

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

Based in Blackman’s Yard in Market Street, this year the museum’s displays include a period kitchen, farming and agriculture, local historical items, 19th century photographs, wartime artefacts and memorabilia.

The society has an active programme of meetings and events throughout the year.

All monthly meetings are open to the public and take place on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall in Hailsham High Street.

Hailsham Historical & Natural History Society secretary Maxine Kitcher said new members were welcome.

For more information visit www.hailshamhistoricalsociety.co.uk.