The Downs Ranger

Lizzie Williams Jumbo, Princess Pat, Mark and Tommy are all names that visitors to Eastbourne may have been familiar with over the years, especially if they visited Beachy Head. These were all names of horses that belonged to the Downs Ranger. The Downs Ranger was a position within Eastbourne Police, whose job it was toContinue reading “The Downs Ranger”

150 years of Eastbourne Pier

Katherine Buckland 13th June 2020, marks 150 years since the official opening of Eastbourne Pier. This blog post explores the beginning of Eastbourne Pier’s story and includes some great photos! The first rumblings of an idea for a Pier in Eastbourne started in 1863; it wasn’t popular at first due to a misunderstanding that itContinue reading “150 years of Eastbourne Pier”

Eastbourne Bicycle Club: Cyckhanas, Loose Knickerbockers and adventures around Normandy

Katherine Buckland As we are all encouraged to take to two wheels instead of four and to mark #BikeWeek 2020, this post explores the story of Eastbourne Bicycle Club. To do that properly, we should start with the man who founded it. Luther Adams was born in Worthing and moved with his family to EastbourneContinue reading “Eastbourne Bicycle Club: Cyckhanas, Loose Knickerbockers and adventures around Normandy”

Happy Volunteering A personal view

Paula, Heritage Eastbourne volunteer December 25th 2011 was a strange day for my family – not Christmas celebrations but sadness.  Our mum passed away unexpectedly that day.  She’d battled Dementia but could not recover from a broken hip as a result of a fall.   I’d left my much loved employment at a local veterinary practiceContinue reading “Happy Volunteering A personal view”

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 From Rome with a coin

Kelly van Doorn Yesterday marked the 2773rd anniversary of the legendary founding of Rome. I say “legendary” because all the best stories are… and as with all stories, it’s best to start at the beginning. King Numitor ruled over Alba Longa, an ancient city in central Italy, until his younger brother Amulius usurped him andContinue reading “Stories from the Store From Rome with a coin”

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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