Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society

The Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society, founded in 1961, has an active programme of meetings and events throughout the year.

Hailsham Heritage Centre

Museum Re-opening

The Heritage Centre Museum at Blackman's Yard, Market Street, Hailsham has now re-opened on Friday and Saturday mornings from 10am until 12.30 until the end of September 2021. Please note that we do ask visitors to wear masks and follow all normal Covid protection protocols.

Monthly Meetings

We are planning to resume our monthly meetings at the Charles Hunt Centre on Wednesday 1st September, and each first Wednesday in the month thereafter. This will also be subject to any Covid restrictions that may apply at the time and we will obviously also have to comply with all regulations regarding social distancing and mask wearing that may be in force by the time September arrives. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE MAY HAVE TO RESTRICT NUMBERS if restrictions have not been fully lifted by that time. At the moment, we are planning to have a presentation by HOPS about the history of the Hailsham Pavilion Cinema on September 1st., Heritage Crime on October 6th, Our AGM and members evening on November 3rd. and "Lewes & Bonfire Night" by Andy Thomas on the 1st December. All meetings commence at 7 for 7.30pm, members attend free and visitors are welcome at £2.50 on the door.

As usual, we will still continue to respond to email queries and answer as many questions as possible, but may not always be able to respond immediately.

All meetings are open to the public and take place monthly on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm in the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field, Hailsham, BN27 1BG.

Visitors are always welcome - entrance fee £2.50. (Members free).

VE Day memories

On the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Richard Goldsmith of Hailsham Historical Society chatted with Simon Herbert of Hailsham FM about wartime Hailsham, with memories of the day from local people who were there, as well as press reports from the time.

If this interview has stirred any memories about VE Day in Hailsham, Hellingly or the local area we would love to hear from you. If you have any photographs of the day, we would love to see them and take copies for the museum. You can get in touch at info@hailshamhistoricalsociety.co.uk or telephone Richard on 01323 843102.

Book about Hailsham by the Hailsham Historical Society

Hailsham Through Time

Hailsham Through Time

Books are available directly from the Society at the special launch price of £13.50 (rrp £14.99)

All proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards the restoration of the Society's photographic collection in our Heritage Museum

Contact: Maxine Kitcher 01323 843206
or: Richard Goldsmith 01323 843102

Also available from bookshops in the town and The Camera Centre, High Street, Hailsham. Also from Amberley Publishing 01453 847800