Friends of Horsham Museum

Horsham Museum

Founded in 1893 as Horsham Museum Society, the Friends of Horsham Museum vitally supports the work of the Museum. 

Join the Friends

  • As a friend of Horsham Museum you will:
  • Be actively helping "one of the best small museums in the country" (Guardian)
  • Have the chance to enjoy an active programme of talks and events
  • Meet like minded people
  • Receive a quarterly Friends newsletter and monthly email museum newsletter
  • Be able to join activity groups investigating topics of local and family history
  • Have access to an extensive research library in the Museum
  • Be part of the present, preserving the past, for the future
  • Receive 10% discount on Friends Publications from the Museum Shop

To join the friends, please fill out a Membership Form and return to the museum with the required subscription, detailed with the form enclosed.

Registered Charity No. 1138172

To contact the Friends please either email or write to: Friends of Horsham Museum, 9 Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE


Friends Events

Friends events are open to member of the public. They will take place at the Wesley Hall, London Road and start at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. Tickets are available at the museum reception one month prior to the event or can be purchased on the door.


Wednesday 11 February - Claire Phillips
Talk by renowned artist Claire Phillips her Painting of Sir Charles Wheeler can be seen in the Museum £5 on the door

Wednesday 15 April - Rupert Toovey
Annual General meeting followed by a talk by Rupert Toovey, Auctioneer. Free Entry to members.

Monday 11 May Visit to Champs Hill
Visit to Champs Hill Sculpture Garden and private Art Collection *Ticket: £10

Wednesday 10 June - Volks Electric Railway
Ian Gledhill from VERA on Volks Electric Railway, on the Brighton Seafront £5 on the door

Wednesday 12 August – The Wicked Wit of Oscar Wilde
Mark Perry Nash on “The Wicked Wit of Oscar Wilde ” £5 on the door

September Outing – Visit to Brighton
Visit to Brighton with a ride on the VOLKS Electric Railway See August Newsletter for further details Ticket £5

Wednesday 14 October – Horsham to Guildford Railway
Bill Gage, County Record Office is hosting a new talk for the 150th Anniversary of the Horsham to Guildford Railway £5 on the door

Wednesday 9 December - Christmas in the Archives
Caroline Adams from the County Record Office – Christmas in the Archives. With Festive Fare! Methodist Church (Lounge) £5 on the door

For more information on any of the friends events please contact the museum on 01403 211 661.


History of the Friends

The long history of the Museum Society began in 1893 in what is now the Unitarian Church. Meetings were held quarterly when exhibits were taken out of the cupboards and displayed. Some of the exhibits were strange to our eyes –a hairless horse or a potato shaped like a foot! Members contributed items from their travels and very slowly the idea grew that the collection should reflect our district. The museum expanded and was moved to the basement of Park House in 1929. By 1941 the museum moved into part of the present building in the Causeway. In 1966 the Council agreed to run the museum and the Society took on a supporting role. More information on Museum and the society can be found in Horsham Heritage Numbers 1 and 3 available at the museum library.

In August 2011 the Friends were successful with their application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, being awarded £45,000 to work with local community groups on the museum's poster collection. For more information on the full collection please see


Last Updated ( 07 November 2014 15:46 )