About the Museum

To inspire people of all ages and promote learning and enjoyment among all Bexhill residents as well as visitors by encouraging discovery
Bexhill Museum opened in 1914 with one gallery, and has grown its collection to match its style ever since. After 2003 the Egerton Road building incorporated the Bexhill Old Town Costume Museum for a rebuild that established the unique mix of the modern and Edwardian that it is today. Its four galleries and unique artefacts are maintained by Bexhill Museum, a UK registered charity (no. 1102638).

The legal objective of the charity is to provide a museum to promote, maintain, improve and advance the education of the public for their benefit, particularly by the presentation of exhibitions, lectures and other means of study relating to the display of local history, archaeology, history of costume, technology and engineering, the arts, ethnography, geology and social history.

The stated vision of the charity is to provide a museum that challenges and inspires audiences of all ages by promoting learning and encouraging discovery.

The stated values of the charity are to provide a museum that should be volunteer-run, expert-led, traditional in presentation, modern in expression, diverse in appeal, respectful of the history and artefacts it holds in trust, protective of Bexhill’s past, creative with its present, adaptable for its future.

The charity applies its values by good practice in:

  • Acquisition, accessioning, deaccessioning, disposal
  • Documentation management
  • Inventory & Cataloguing
  • Object entry & exit, location & movement control

The charity meets these values by a commitment to:

  • Ambition & Quality
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • Dynamism
  • Inclusivity & Relevance

Bexhill Museum is an independent Arts Council accredited museum. It is currently directed by a four-member management team appointed by the charity's board of Trustees, and is operated daily almost entirely by volunteers. The appointments of new Trustees are approved by majority vote by the membership at their annual general meeting.

Our emphasis is on education through displays and exhibitions in the gallery and by outreach work in the community. Julian Porter MA, who is employed by Rother District Council as District Curator for Rother's Museum Service, is attached to Bexhill Museum as its curator and provides expert advice and guidance on all aspects of the collection's history, documentation, care & display.

Our Curator

Julian Porter MA is employed by Rother District Council as District Curator, on attachment to Bexhill Museum.

Directors and Trustees

The director-trustees currently serving are:

Anne Stacey (vice-chair)

Martin Bell

Georgina Bradley

Peggy Goodberry

Sally Hemmings (chair)

Catherine Hirst

Dan Scales

Gordon Smith

Jason Trainor

Honorary President

John Betts


Suzy Eddie Izzard

Management team

Direction of day to day operations are currently the responsibility of a four-person Management Team appointed by the Trustees of Bexhill Museum:

  • Stella Hales-Morris
  • Rohan Jayasekera
  • Julian Porter
  • Gordon Smith

Staff & volunteers

Volunteer Services Coordinator: Gordon Smith
Membership: Jenny Snape
Museum shop: Beryl Feakins, Chris Waterfield, Terri Peirce
Front of House: Karen Smith
Education programme: Anne Lucarotti, Asten Holmes-Elliott, Lesley Wilde
Social Media: Julian Porter, Karen Smith

Collections Management Volunteer Team

Collections Care Coordinator: Mary Bywater
Collections care: Stella Hales-Morris, Stuart Pemberton
Archives: Mary Hart, Evan France, Hisako Jo, Peter Rawles
Costumes: Georgina Bradley, Stella Hales-Morris, Maureen Newport
Natural history: Cathy Pemberton

Other staff

The museum has one part-time paid employee, Housekeeper Toni Neville. Secretary of the Charitable Trust Rohan Jayasekera MSc MA PG certificate (Curation) also serves as business support officer on a freelance basis.

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