The collection comprises local fossils and flint tools, household objects from all ages, farm tools, dairy items, Sussex Rifle Volunteer uniforms, 19th and 20th century costumes, a one-man stretcher ambulance, “penny farthing” bicycle, change eight bell set, paintings, photographs, and much more. We are always pleased to receive donations of objects, or items of ephemera, which have some relevance to Henfield or the surrounding villages.
Temporary exhibitions on local themes are staged three times a year. This gives the museum a chance to show objects which are not normally on display. If you have a collection which you would like to share with a wider audience the museum would be pleased to hear from you. It does not have to relate to Henfield, nor comprise objects of antiquity.
Family History & Property Research
The museum holds transcripts of the census returns for Henfield, Shermanbury, and Woodmancote, and an archive of material relating to Shermanbury and Wineham which can be viewed during opening hours. Other archives can be viewed by prior arrangement with the curator. So if you are interested in the history of your property, and the people who used to live in it the museum is the place to visit.