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About Us

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

 
"To inspire people of all ages and promote learning and enjoyment among all Bexhill residents as well as visitors by encouraging discovery.?

Bexhill Museum Ltd:


Is a registered company in England & Wales (no.4959445) limited by guarantee and is also a registered charity (no. 1102638). The company was formed in November 2003 when the two former museums in Bexhill amalgamated.

The primary purpose of Bexhill Museum is to collect, conserve, display and interpret objects and associated information related to the history and natural environment of the surrounding area. This work is undertaken for the benefit of the public and, in particular, the residents of Bexhill and district, local schools/colleges and visitors to the 1066 Country area. The emphasis of Bexhill Museum’s activities is on education through displays and exhibitions in the gallery and by outreach work in the community.

Bexhill Museum is an independent museum and a registered charity. It is run almost entirely by volunteers. The company is run by up to eleven directors who are elected by the membership.

The directors currently serving are:

John Betts – Chairman

Christine O'Grady

J E S Crone

Leslie Wilde

John Dowling

Emma Tickner

Georgina Bradley

Operations and day to day management of the museum is carried out by a management team of four headed by an operations manager.

The museum has two paid employees: Don Phillips, company secretary, administrator and financial officer and Toni Neville, cleaner.

Julian Porter MA, curator employed by Rother District Council as District Curator

Collections Managers

Georgina Bradley, costume collections manager

Yvonne Cleland, archaeology collections manager

Mary Hart, documents and archives collections manager

Don Phillips, architecture and plans collections manager

David Hughes, maps collections manager

Cathy Pemberton, natural history collections manager.

Our patron - Eddie Izzard

In 2007 Eddie Izzard became the Museum's patron. The Society was delighted when they found a patron that was well known and respected and who was interested in Bexhill’s heritage and concerned for its future development. Eddie is the most famous Bexhillian, and internationally well known for his acting and stand-up comedy. Born in Aden in 1962, Eddie and his family moved to Bexhill later that year. For the next six years Eddie and his family spent much of their time moving between Bangor South Wales and Northern Ireland, finally returning to Bexhill in 1969. That year he started at St. Bedes School in Eastbourne and went on to attend Eastbourne College where he gained good O and A Levels. He went on to study at Sheffield University where he spent most of his first year organizing a show for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. As a result he was excluded from his degree course, but remained involved with the Student Union, acting and producing plays and taking shows to the Fringe. Eddie’s big professional break came in 1991 from a charity performance in Hysteria 3. Since then he has had a series of successful stand up shows such as Glorious, Dress to Kill, Circle, and Sexy. He has also been in a number of feature films including All the Queen’s Men, Mystery Men, Cat’s Meow, Oceans Twelve and The Avengers.

 

The museum is proud to have the endorsement of a celebrity who shares our enthusiasm for Bexhill’s history and wishes to involve the town’s younger generation. With our bold plans for the expansion of Bexhill Museum we wanted a patron who would embody what Bexhill could achieve and inspire young people to discover the town’s fascinating history and be part of its future.

 

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