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. Sunday 1st May - Motorcycle Show
    Sunday 1st May - Motorcycle Show
    Beautifully maintained motorcycles will cruise their way into the Museum to showcase their history and style. A real treat for all bike fans.
  2. Monday 2nd May - Working Day
    Monday 2nd 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.
  3. Sunday 8th May - Spring Mechanicals Day
    Sunday 8th May - Spring Mechanicals Day
    A collection of stationary engines, tractors and associated machinery to watch and enjoy.
  4. Saturday 14th May - Austin Healey Car Club Visit
    Saturday 14th May - Austin Healey Car Club Visit
    The Museum welcomes this visiting car club.
  5. Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May - Amberley: The War Years
    Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May - Amberley: The War Years
    Discover wartime life, ride on the evacuee train, why not dress up in vintage clothing?

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 

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Sunday 1st May
Motorcycle Show

Monday 2nd May
Museum Working Day - with Hawking About Owl Flying Displays


Beautifully maintained motorcycles will cruise their way into the Museum to showcase their history and style. A real treat for all bike fans.


Our railway steam engine will be in action on this day offering a free passenger service.





See the Museum come alive with a many crafts to discover and watch in action, as well as a visit from Hawking About.

Our railway steam engine will be in action on this day offering a free passenger service.




Saturday 14th May
Austin Healey Car Club: The Museum welcomes this visiting club

Sunday 8th May
Spring Mechanicals Day


A collection of stationary engines, tractors and associated machinery to watch and enjoy.


Our railway steam engine will be in action on this day offering a free passenger service.





As part of the annual Healey Drivers Club International meeting, over 70 Healeys and Austin Healeys come together at the Museum to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Donald Healey’s 200mph speed run at Bonneville, USA in August 1956.

The cars will be here from 11:00 until 3:00pm


Our railway steam engine will be in action on this day offering a free passenger service.




Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May
Amberley: The War Years



Discover wartime life, ride on the evacuee train, why not dress up in vintage clothing?

Our railway steam engine will be in action on this day offering a free passenger service.




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,
for example in May

Saturday 14th - Austin Healey Car Club Visit 
The Museum welcomes this visiting car club
 
 

  
As part of the annual Healey Drivers Club International meeting, over 70 Healeys and Austin Healeys come together on the Museum village green to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Donald Healey’s 200mph speed run at Bonneville, USA in August 1956.

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