The museum holds a collection of several hundred local postcards which date mainly from 1901 to the 1970s. The images provide an invaluable visual archive of the development of Cuckfield and its surroundings.

Changes in street scenes, shops and houses can be clearly seen and the messages on the back are often equally interesting, if not more so in terms of social history.

The postcards are filed in geographical and subject order. A selection of copies can be viewed in the museum and sight of the full collection is available on request.

Broad Street, Cuckfield, circa 1930
High Street, Cuckfield, circa 1900










Our picture archive also contains a large number of photos of local houses, shops, trades, events and people. These include early C20th sports teams which can give a face to a name for those researching their family history. We also have an album of photographs of most of the

Cuckfield men who died in the First World War

We are happy to make copies of images for visitors, preferably electronically but otherwise by photo-copying, for a small charge.

Preparations for the Golden Jubilee festivities,
June 2012
Aerial view of the old Cuckfield Hospital about 1980









The pictures in our staircase gallery and in the museum itself are regularly changed as we have many more in store than can be displayed at any one time. These include photographs of local interest as well as prints, watercolours and oil paintings.

Cuckfield views by Fred Miller and George Ruff are on permanent display, as is George Child's watercolour painting of "Railway Construction at Haywards Heath".


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.