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 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.

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

Registered Charity No. 1138172


Friends Events

Upcoming events include:

Horsham  Borough Band Concert  - Saturday 11 October - with slideshow at Trinity Hall, Rushams Road, commencing at 8 pm.  Tickets £5 from Visitor Information from 1 September.  

Preserving and stabilising of historical documents  - Wednesday 5 November Talk by Jessica Jacobs on preserving and stabilising of historical documents, Wesley Hall, London Road, 8 pm.  £5 on the door.  


2015 Programme coming soon.


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 ( 09 October 2014 10:07 )