Battle Museum of Local History
Battle Museum of Local History
Located in a historic timber-framed medieval building is this enjoyable museum of local history, with exhibits covering the heritage of Battle, the Abbey, and the surrounding area.

Displays run the gamut from prehistoric, Roman, medieval, Civil War, oral history, and more, with collections of genealogical material, old photographs, agriculture, and local industries.

The Battle of Hastings

And, of course, there are exhibits covering the pivotal Battle of Hastings in 1066, when William the Conqueror defeated King Harold at a site within walking distance of the Museum.

As part of the 1066 Exhibition you can see a complete print of the famous Bayeux Tapestry, and recreations of specific scenes within the Tapestry relating to the Battle of Hastings and the local area. Another feature is the 'Battle of Hastings axe', thought to be the only surviving weapon from the famous battle.

Of course there is much more to Battle than the famous conflict between the Saxons and the Normans! For example, the Museum boasts the oldest effigy of Guy Fawkes in the world.

Other Museum exhibits include dinosaur footprints found locally, and stone tools used during the Palaeolithic period. See Roman pottery, including items from a bathhouse discovered at Beauport Park.

The Almonry
The Almonry

Battle was once a centre for gunpowder production and you can see artefacts from the gunpowder industry over the centuries. A special exhibit looks at Battle in Victorian times, and another takes in Battle during both World Wars.

In addition to the permanent exhibits there is a changing programme of special events. Recent exhibits have ranged from falconry and nostalgic objects in 'Granny's attic', to the history of Battle's post office and a look at the 1710 copybook of Philip Papillon, ancestor of the owners of Crowhurst Park.

Another special exhibit tells the sometimes bizarre story of medicine in Battle, from quack doctors to blood-letting with leeches. On the plus side, you can learn about Dr Kendall, who would treat the poor for free.

Battle Museum provides a fascinating look at the town, and is located in a wonderful historical setting. Don't miss the delightful courtyard gardens behind the museum.

The museum is well signposted for pedestrians and is located at the far end of High Street from Battle Abbey. It is run entirely by volunteers and is open seasonally. The main town car park (pay and display) is a very short distance away.