Its Time Machine Funtington
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Museum building is built from the collapsed spire of Chichester Cathedral
A different sort of museum
Its Time Machine is housed inside a cathedral steeple! The museum building was created from the rubble produced when the spire of Chichester Cathedral collapsed in 1861. The spire collapsed like a telescope, falling down upon itself. That meant that most of the building blocks could be salvaged and used to rebuild the structure at Funtington.
Every one of the stones was crafted by hand and reassembled like a jigsaw puzzle to create the building we see today. The pieces of the spire were recombined to create a chapel, which was eventually taken over by The Clock Trust to create this unique science experience centre.
You can't categorise Its Time Machine like a normal museum because it isn't normal! Its purpose is to engage young people in creative projects, whether through school curriculum or simply by provoking an interest amongst regular visitors.
For example, there is the Bosworth Line Garden Train, a 7 1/2 inch gauge railway made to teach the physics of motion. Part of the railway experience are models of Chichester Cathedral and the Kingley Vale.
There are spaces that can be booked for creative projects, including Gert the Yurt, an Army mess tent, and an 1881 Brighton Works Railway Carriage. A huge tool and materials bank means that whatever you decide to build, the materials are close at hand.
Budding puppeteers will be in heaven for the centre has over 200 puppets and materials including back screens, light shows, sound effects and other special effects so that you can design and record your own puppet extravaganza.
The Retro Shop has nostalgic costumes and accessories.
About Its Time Machine Funtington
Address: Common Road, Chichester, West Sussex, England, PO18 9DH
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: At the Clock Trust, between East Ashling and Funtington near rthe junction of the B2178 and B2146
Website: Its Time Machine Funtington
Photo Credit: Dr Paul Strickland, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Devil's Humps Barrows - 1.9 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Fishbourne Roman Palace - 2.5 miles (Roman Site)
Bosham, Holy Trinity Church - 2.7 miles (Historic Church)
The Novium Museum - 3.4 miles (Museum)
Chichester Cathedral - 3.5 miles (Cathedral)
Pallant House Gallery - 3.6 miles (Museum)
Stansted Park - 3.6 miles (Historic House)
Chichester, St John the Evangelist - 3.7 miles (Historic Church)
Nearest Accommodation to Its Time Machine Funtington:
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Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01243 775 888
Fax: 01243 776766