Battle Museum of Local History
East Sussex TN33 0EA
The attractive Battle Village in south-east England has a fantastic museum of local history. It is not very big but full of unique artefacts seen nowhere else in Britain - a little gem that should not be missed.
The Museum collection covers prehistoric, Roman, medieval, 17th/18th centuries, and local industries such as iron, leather and gunpowder.
Just a mention of a few of the surprising things to be found in this museum:
- A Saxon battleaxe probably used during the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
- A perfectly preserved ventilation or chimney pot from the Roman Bath House at Beauport Park between Hastings and Battle. Also on view is a model of the Bath-house site.
- The 1815 Charles Stothard engravings of the original Bayeaux Tapestry.
- The oldest effigy of Guy Fawkes in the world. The head and shoulders are carved from pear wood. They have survived because of the Battel Bonfire Boyes’ tradition of decapitating the effigy before throwing it on to the bonfire. It is not known exactly how old the head is but it definitely belongs to the early 17th century.
The artefacts are displayed in interesting contextual exhibits; all have some connection with the local area. This museum has won several well deserved awards and a clck on their website will show you why.
Plan Your Visit
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1 April – 31 October.
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 16:30 hours.
Adults: around £2.00
Aaccompanied children free.
Go to Battle Museum website below for current costs.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1424 775 955 (summer only)
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