Past Events & Exhibitions

Cuckfield Museum held several special events. Below is a selection:

Skeptics Visit

The Skeptics Society, based in California, visited Whitemans Green and the Mantell Monument to see the place where some of the first fossils to be recognised as dinosaurs were found.Their visit was one stop on a grand geological and scientific tour of Great Britain that included national museums, the birthplaces and homes of famous scientists and iconic geological landscapes. The museum had organised to meet the group as a surprise with examples of the local stone and replicas of the finds

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WVS

In 1941 Mrs Kleinwort became the Women’s Voluntary Services for Civil Defence (W.V.S) County Organiser for East Sussex, which at that time included both rural and urban Cuckfield. When we started looking into exactly what that role involved, it very quickly became clear that the WVS undertook such a hugely diverse range of activities for the war effort that only some could be represented in our display.

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Evacuees

On Sunday, May 19th 2013 Cuckfield celebrated a friendship which goes back nearly 74 years to Sept 1st 1939 when, at the outset of the Second World War, a group of evacuees arrived in the village from Stepney in the East End of London.  On Sunday four of them came down with their families to dedicate a plaque in the entrance of the Queen’s Hall, thanking the village for the kindness shown to them during the War.

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Votes for Women

100 years ago, 50,000 women from all over Britain walked to London and converged on Hyde Park, to demonstrate for the right to vote.  It was called The Great Pilgrimage for Women’s Suffrage and was organised by the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, or the Suffragist. Edith Bevan, who lived at Horsgate House in Cuckfield, was the Secretary and Treasurer of the Cuckfield branch. This was why the Sussex route came through Cuckfield and many of the Pilgrims.

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WWI Remembered

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI,  Cuckfield Museum has been loaned some fascinating new objects which was on display as part of its 'A Small Town at War' exhibition.This included a drawstring bag, known popularly as a Dorothy bag, which was labelled and usually tied around the soldier's neck to prevent it being lost.  A bag with its contents, kept intact after the war was displayed.

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Full Steam Ahead

To complement the celebrations in Haywards Heath, Cuckfield Museum devoted much of its display space to commemorating the railway station's 175th anniversary. We looked at why the line did not come through (or rather under) Cuckfield as originally planned and we remembered Joseph Flesher, the engineer responsible for our local stretch of the line, who is buried in Cuckfield churchyard and whose descendants still live locally.

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