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


The Heritage Centre Museum at Blackman's Yard, Market Street, Hailsham has now re-opened for the 2022 season and we welcome visitors each Friday and Saturday morning from 10 until 12.30 until the 1st October. The museum is behind the Hailsham Town Council Offices, Fleur de Lys and the entrance is between Lloyds Bank and Kemer Kebab.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss arranging a group visit, or if you require any further information.

Monthly Meetings

Our regular monthly meetings and talks are held on the first Wednesday evening of each month (except July & August), in the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field, Hailsham, BN27 1BG, and our programme of talks for the rest of 2022 is available here:

Programme of talks for 2022 [PDF]

We still continue to respond to email queries about the Society and the town's history, and we will answer as many questions as possible, but may not always be able to reply 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 attend free). Membership is just £14 per year and renews in January.

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: Richard Goldsmith 01323 843102

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