Horsham Museum has been collecting artefacts since it began in 1893, often times quite widely, and a collections policy was only adopted in 1990. Since that time collecting has been more focused, in line with the needs of the local community.
In 2006 the decision was taken to rationalise the collection systematically by conducting a retrospective documentation project, beginning in January 2007. Volunteer teams have been working on various parts of the collection for the past four-odd years, under guidance from staff; it is estimated that the Museum’s collection amounts to circa 100,000 artefacts, of which about 15% has been covered by the retrospective programme to date. In additon, we have a large photographic archive that chronicles the changing appearance of the town from the mid nineteenth century to the present; a wealth of documents and manuscripts produced by local organisations, business and individuals. A selection of books published on the locality; and numerous ephemera items from the past 200 years that illustrate various town events.
All of these items are available to view. We ask that you contact us to book a session, preferably giving at last three days notice, quoting the accession number and/or the mss number if given in the listings.
Information about our collections can be found on the right hand lower menu and we hope to add more information about the collections the more they are worked upon.