Summer Display

Reasons to be Cheerful

Contributed by Sue Burgess

Reflecting two royal events, this summer we are featuring two reasons to be cheerful – weddings and babies.

We are showing six very different wedding dresses, which date from mid-Victorian times through to the 1940s and visitors will see that many women chose to get married in colours other than white, probably because a dress that could only be worn once was too much of a luxury.

Lily Fox's wedding
Victorian pram















In addition to objects from our own collection, generous loans from local residents, the Marian May Dress Collection and from the Brighton Toy Museum as well as Horsham and Henfield Museums enable us to show some very special items such as an 18th century coral and silver teething pacifier, an intricately carved oak cradle dating from 1660 and a splendid Edwardian dolls' pram.

Coral and silver teething pacifier
Carved oak cradle from 1660













If you are interested in this or any other Cuckfield topics, why not visit us in the museum. Click here to see our opening hours.


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