About the Museum
Cuckfield Museum opened in 1981 and traces the history of the town from its earliest days to more recent times.
We have come a long way from our early beginnings. The basis of the Museum's collection is derived from the banker and local philanthropist Richard Bevan (1834-1918), who was the leading instigator of the building of the Queen's Hall in celebration of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The Bevan family bequeathed to Cuckfield a number of items from Horsgate, the house built for them in 1865.
Cuckfield Museum has full accreditation status which is confirmation that it meets national professional standards in key areas of museum management, collection care and public services. As an entirely self-funded, volunteer-run organisation, accreditation also makes the Museum eligible for much-needed grants and awards offered by a range of heritage-protection bodies. Ultimately, the accreditation scheme benefits everyone. Potential donors or lenders of objects can feel confident that their treasured items will be well cared in Cuckfield.
We have a small Research Room with many files and folders on local history, local families, buildings, businesses etc. There is internet access and we also have various computer resources, such as the 1843 tithe map, some Sussex census records and a listing and photographs of the majority of the grave inscriptions in the Cuckfield churchyard. Visitors are able to research their family history and topics of historical interest.
We have a considerable collection of 19th and 20th century books and publications relating to a variety of topics and families in Sussex, including an almost full set of the Sussex Archaeological Society volumes and many from the Sussex Record Society collection.
There are a number of experts on our curatorial team who are happy to undertake specific research on a visitor's behalf, particularly regarding family history. If you would like to take advantage of this service, for which there is a small charge of £10 an hour, please either pop into the museum during opening hours, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Museum sells Cuckfield and dinosaur related souvenirs and gifts, and there are also a number of Cuckfield and Haywards Heath related books available to purchase. Please visit us in the Museum to see the full range of items or email us at email@example.com for more information.