Archive of Peacehaven history open to the public

Peacehaven Library collection - Charles Neville - founder of Peacehaven
Peacehaven Library collection - Charles Neville - founder of Peacehaven

A fascinating archive of historic photos and documents donated by Peacehaven historians is available to view for the first time at the town’s library.

The collection is comprised of items collected by late town historians Bob Poplett and Malcolm Troak, and was donated to the library by Mr Troak’s widow.

It documents the history of Peacehaven from the days of Charles Neville, who founded the town, almost a century ago.

The archive includes a large photographic collection, maps, blueprints and original documentation.

East Sussex County Council lead member for community services Chris Dowling said: “Bob had memories stretching back to the very earliest days of Peacehaven and he and Malcolm were both passionate about the history of the town.

“They spent many years building up their collection, and this is the first time it has been available for the wider public to see and to share their passion.

“The archive contains a really varied mix of items and offers a fascinating insight into the history of Peacehaven for residents and anyone with an interest in the town.”

The collection is fully searchable on the library catalogue, although due to the valuable and fragile condition of the collection, viewing is by appointment only.

Visit the library, in the Meridian Centre, email library.peacehaven@eastsussex.gov.uk or call 0345 6080196 and ask for the Peacehaven Library.