From Sussex to Passchendaele and back again

Kelly van Doorn “A plate of porridge, 2 cups of tea, bacon, bread, butter… cup of cocoa, steak and chips… Roast beef, roast potatoes, cabbage, carrots, cup of tea… 2 [more] cups of tea, bread, butter, pancakes or jam tart… cold beef… cup of cocoa”. This is what Private Frederick Unsted of the Royal SussexContinue reading “From Sussex to Passchendaele and back again”

Arthur Henry Crook

Eastbourne’s Key Workers Lizzie Williams Arthur Henry Crook was a doctor who lived in Eastbourne in the early to mid-1900s and worked at the Princess Alice Hospital for over 30 years. Arthur was born in 1884 in Southampton, and studied Natural Sciences at Christ College, Cambridge. He was awarded a scholarship to study medicine atContinue reading “Arthur Henry Crook”

Tunnel Vision

Jo Seaman I have grown up with stories of secret tunnels.  Suburban myths of passages linking Victorian cellars on an old bomb site (known, rather enigmatically as The Spare Land)  in my childhood of the 1970’s and the ubiquitous smugglers’ lairs and underground escape routes of rural Kent and Sussex in my life since.  TheyContinue reading “Tunnel Vision”

Grace Milne-Miller

Lizzie Williams A few months ago, while researching the Eastbourne branch of the British Legion, I came across the name Sister Grace Milne Miller. I immediately thought that she was a Nun and wondered why she would be in Eastbourne. After a little research, I discovered that she was a medical Sister and that her storyContinue reading “Grace Milne-Miller”

The Rescuers in Eastbourne

Lizzie Williams With the anniversary of VE Day this week, we wanted to look at the stories of people from Eastbourne during the Second World War.  As we found out in our last blog post, Eastbourne suffered almost 100 air raids during the War. You can still see the marks of these bombing raids aroundContinue reading “The Rescuers in Eastbourne”

Peace! But Eastbourne Remembers

Katherine Buckland With the 75th anniversary of VE Day at the end of this week, we wanted to look back to what daily life was like for people in Eastbourne during the Second World War. On Friday 31st August 1939, two days before the declaration of war, Eastbourne received thousands of evacuated children from LondonContinue reading “Peace! But Eastbourne Remembers”

Motoring Around Town

Katherine Buckland We have been finding out about some of the first motors in Eastbourne so if you need your motoring fix in lieu of the Magnificent Motors event this weekend, read on! One of the first owners of a motorcar in Eastbourne was George Stockman of Lyndhurst, Upperton. He had bought his car fromContinue reading “Motoring Around Town”

A Past Perspective

Jo Seaman, Heritage Manager Just before the Covid-19 outbreak finally put paid to our ‘normal’ working life, I was able to carry out a small excavation in Motcombe Gardens, the supposed epicentre of modern Eastbourne (and by modern I mean post 1066AD!).  This concentrated on the area around a lump of freestanding masonry in theContinue reading “A Past Perspective”

Stories from the Store – Joan Monica Standing

Kelly van Doorn, Heritage Collections Officer Today’s “Story from the Store” is that of Joan Monica Standing, as told to me by a family member. Joan was born on the 28th of May 1923 in Eastbourne, the middle sister of three. She attended Eastbourne High School until 1939 and soon went on to train, andContinue reading “Stories from the Store – Joan Monica Standing”

Lights, Camera… Projector

Eastbourne has been home to many pioneering people, as well some of the inventions they have created. To celebrate British Science Week, we wanted to find out more about The Burville 16mm Sound Projector and the people behind its curtain (so to speak). It was designed and manufactured by Leslie Arthur Burville, Tommy Wilson, JackContinue reading “Lights, Camera… Projector”

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