AMBERLEY MUSEUM
A Museum for the whole Family
Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre is set in a 36 acre site in the South Downs National Park.
 
Dedicated to the industrial heritage of the South East, exhibits include a narrow-gauge railway and bus service (both provide free nostalgic travel around the site), Connected Earth Telecommunications Hall, Milne Electricity Hall, Printing Workshop and much more.
 
The Museum is also home to traditional craftspeople,
such as the blacksmith and potter.
  1. 28th, 29th & 30th May - Bank Holiday  - Traditional Crafts
    28th, 29th & 30th May - Bank Holiday - Traditional Crafts
    Resident and visiting craftspeople demonstrate their age old techniques. Chat to craftspeople, watch items being made and pick up a crafty bargain.
  2. Tuesday 31st May - Toddler Tuesday
    Tuesday 31st May - Toddler Tuesday
    A morning of activities aimed at explaining colour, for under 5s All accompanying adults get a free hot drink in the Limeburners Cafe. Come and play, sing and join in on our rainbow day.
  3. Wednesday 1st June - A day of colour - with Hawking About
    Wednesday 1st June - A day of colour - with Hawking About
    Half Term Activity Day with Hawking About
  4. 30th May Bank Holiday - Working Day with Hawking About
    30th May Bank Holiday - Working Day with Hawking About
    See the Museum come alive with many crafts to discover and watch in action, as well as a visit from Hawking About.
  5. Sunday 5th June - Kit Cars from the London to Brighton Run
    Sunday 5th June - Kit Cars from the London to Brighton Run
    The Museum welcomes kit cars in their stopover between 10:30 and 2:30pm.
  6. Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th June - Printing & Machine Shop Days
    Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th June - Printing & Machine Shop Days
    Our annual celebration of all things print, when you can discover the history behind some of the most fascinating machines in the Museum’s collection, and try your hand at printing.
  7. Saturday 11th June - Queen's Birthday Celebrations
    Saturday 11th June - Queen's Birthday Celebrations
    Come and join in on our picnic tea, make your own flag, print a souvenir certificate and at 3:00pm enjoy the National Anthem and sing Happy Birthday!

Upcoming Events


Save the dates!

 
 





We are open for the main season on Wednesday 2nd March
Open Wednesday - Sunday until Sunday 30th October.
We will also be open on Bank Holidays and seven days a week during the West Sussex school holidays.
Open 10:00am until 5:00pm
Last entry 3:30-4. Average amount of time spent at the Museum by our visitors is 4 hours.
Large free car park on hardstanding directly adjacent to Amberley mainline railway station.
Dogs are welcome, but must be kept to a lead. They are allowed in all the exhibit buildings, but not within the Cafe's.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The full season at Amberley Museum starts on Wednesday 2nd March 

  1. Managing Director
  2. Managing Director
  3. Managing Director
28th to 30th May
Traditional Crafts Event
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Resident and visiting craftspeople demonstrate their age old techniques. Come and pick up a crafty bargain.


Our railway steam engine will be in action on all three days offering a free passenger service.



Bank Holiday Monday 30th May
Working Day

See the Museum come alive with many crafts to discover and watch in action, as well as a visit from Hawking About
Tuesday 31st May
Toddler Tuesday
All about colour!


Come and play, sing and join in on our rainbow day.

A morning of activities aimed at explaining colour, for under 5s. All accompanying adults will receive a free hot drink in the Limeburners Cafe

Wednesday 1st June

A Day of Colour 


Half Term Activity Day with Hawking About




Saturday 4th June
- Railway Steam Day



Sunday 5th June - Kit Cars from the London to Brighton Run:

The Museum welcomes kit cars in their stopover.















Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June Printing and Machine Shop Days

Our annual celebration of all things print, when you can discover the history behind some of the most fascinating machines in the Museum’s collection, and try your hand at printing.









Skip video to 1:53 to see our Printing Area operating from a previous event.

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June - Local Villages Weekend with Hawking About

Showcasing the Museum for local people, with crafts and entertainment and children's craft activities. Those living locally* all visit at the child price of £6.60 for this weekend.
A community event for local villagers to visit their Museum and see whats new. Locals are welcome to pre-book stalls: show us your craft, tempt us with your shop, demonstrate your trade.

Everyone is welcome and those living locally within postcodes
*PO22, RH20, BN11, BN12, BN13, BN14, BN15, BN16, BN17 BN18, BN44 
will gain entry to visit the Museum at our child rate of £6.00 OR £6.60 with GiftAid (a saving of £4.35 on our Adult price!)

 Proof of residence will require to be presented at the Shop when purchasing tickets to take advantage of this offer.
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The 2016 Amberley Museum Events Programme is published
Click Here for the full listing
to include:
*The dates of our classic vehicle shows    *Family Fun Days during the School Holidays
*Special Offers 

New events for 2016

October

Sunday 02nd - Classic Landrovers Day
A brand new event for the Museum when we
welcome classic Landrovers on site

Click Here to open a form to enter your Classic Landrover (1948-1985)
Click Here to read the recent feature on Amberley Museum in Landrover International Magazine

Museum Areas

  1. Fire Station
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    Fire Station
    Built to a 1950's style, housing a number of period tenders and an exhibition.
  2. Village Garage & Cycle Shop
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    Village Garage & Cycle Shop
    Replica 1930's garage, petrol station and cycle shop - with equipment and tools of the period
  3. Connected Earth Telecommunications Hall
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    Connected Earth Telecommunications Hall
    This gallery reflects the history of telecommunications through hands-on and traditional displays
  4. Electricity Hall
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    Electricity Hall
    Displays on a wide range of domestic electrical appliances. The exhibition also tells the story of the discovery of electricity
  5. Southdown Bus Garage
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    Southdown Bus Garage
    Replica 1920's garage, home to a unique collection of restored vintage buses and an exhibition outlining the history of Southdown. Later examples from the bus fleet provide a passenger service for visitors. To find out when the earlier buses are in operation, please contact the Museum office
  6. Wireless Exhibition
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    Wireless Exhibition
    Collection includes a variety of domestic, amateur and professional communications equipment. There is also an amateur radio station, which is sometimes in operation.
  7. De Witt Kilns
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    De Witt Kilns
    Built in 1905. An exhibition 'Life and Lime' now tells the history of the local people involved in the quarrying of chalk and burning of lime on the Museum site
  8. Pottery
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    Pottery
    Working pottery producing traditional and contemporary earthenware. Open most days, however please check with the Museum office if making a special visit
  9. Wheelwrights
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    Wheelwrights
    Cartwheels at different stages of construction are displayed
  10. Railway
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    Railway
    A passenger train service is aimed to be in operation each day we are open - please check the events page for details on the railway steam days for 2016. Various railway exhibits are located at Amberley Museum including Hove Ticket Office (as highlighted in the photograph)
  11. Printing Workshop
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    Printing Workshop
    Historic printing equipment housed and demonstrated. Items printed at Amberley Museum are for sale, to include post cards, wrapping paper and notebooks.
  12. Paviors' Museum of Roadmaking
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    Paviors' Museum of Roadmaking
    Exhibition on the development of roads and their construction. Don't miss - the cycle exhibition housed within the building

See snippets of Amberley Museum at our new Youtube Channel

Groups

Events

Members

About Amberley

If you would like paper copies of the above, please  contact our office

Noticeboard

The dates for the 2016 
Amberley Footplate Experience  
for 2016 have now SOLD OUT

If you would like to register your interest for 2017, please contact us .
 
 

Museum Members Information

Details of the Museum AGM and Annual report for 2014 can be found here

Give someone that perfect present - an Amberley Museum 2016 Day Visit Gift Voucher - Click here for further information

  1. Kids Activities
    Kids Activities
    Wednesdays during the school holidays
  2. Regular Events
    Regular Events
    Events are held on some Saturdays and most Sundays during the season
  3. Collections
    Collections
    Exhibition Halls include a Print Shop, Fire, Bus and Rail Halls, Radio, Electricity, Telecoms and Roadmaking
  4. Village Green
    Village Green
    The first area reached on entering the Museum, with a representative 1950s feel
  5. Polelathe Turning
    Polelathe Turning
    On Event & other days, in the Bodgers camp
  6. Murphy
    Murphy
    "Murphy" is a recent addition to the collection of Road Rollers at the Museum