Crawley Museum Society Talks 2020

Tuesday 28 January 2.00pm ‘Henry Mayhew and the Poor in Victorian London’ by Graham Crozier

A look at the life and influence of this often-neglected social investigator, who gave a voice to the poor in the 1850s and 1860s.

Tuesday 25 February 2.00pm ‘Electrifying Women: Caroline Haslett and the long history of women in engineering.’ by Graeme Gooday & Liz Bruton, University of Leeds

This talk ties in with a project led by the University of Leeds aiming to promote awareness of the historical participation of women in engineering.

Tuesday 31 March 7.30pm ‘Creepy Crawley? The Insect Connection’ by Dave Moon

A look at the evolution of the insect world, with particular focus on Dave’s special interest, moths.

Tuesday 28 April 7.30pm ‘The Crystal Palace at Sydenham, 1854-1936’ by Philip Emery is a Trustee of the Crystal Palace Foundation

Most people know of the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park in 1851. Less well known is the story of the Crystal Palace after its move to Sydenham Hill and its role as a true ‘Palace of the People’.   Philip tells this remarkable story.

Tuesday 26 May 7.30pm ‘The Iron Industry in the Crawley Area’ by Jeremy Hodgkinson

Author of the seminal ‘The Wealden Iron Industry’, Jeremy relates the story of iron working in the local area.

Tuesday 30 June 7.00pm (please note earlier start) ‘A Walk Around Historic West Green’ by Charles Kay

Charles leads us on a journey into the development of the West Green area, from Victorian times to the New Town after 1947.

Tuesday 28 July 7.30pm ‘Working with Homelessness’ by Peter Mansfield -Clark

A former Director of Crawley Open House, Peter has worked with disadvantaged and vulnerable people across London, Kent and Sussex. This talk highlights the challenges this work has provided.

No meeting in August. Autumn/Winter 2020 programme to be announced. All talks are subject to change. Please call Crawley Museum on 01293 539088 if you wish to check.

Azad Kashmir exhibition January 2020

Exhibition space with Kashmiri cushions and board game in centre

We are delighted to be hosting an exhibition by Parveen Khan and members of the Crawley Kashmiri community on the history, traditions and culture of Azad Kashmir.

The exhibition will run from Wednesday 8th January until Sunday 26th January.
(Museum opening times: Wednesday to Saturday 10.30-4pm, Sundays 2-4.30pm)

The exhibition launch event will take place at the museum on Saturday 11th January 2020 from 12 noon to 2pm.
Come see traditional artefacts, paintings, photos and clothing while enjoying the taste of fresh Kashmiri food and tea.

Christmas Closure

Crawley Museum will be closing for Christmas and the New Year in order to give our staff and volunteers a well deserved break.

Our last open day before Christmas is Sunday 22nd December.

We will re open on Thursday 2nd January 2020.

It’s Playtime At Crawley Museum

Teddy Bear in doll's cot

On October 30th Crawley Museum will be opening their latest exhibition, and for it to be a success they need everybody’s help.

To make it work the museum is asking everybody who can to come along and share their memories of the toys they loved as children. If you still have that old teddy, a doll, or train that made you happy when you were small, Crawley Museum would dearly love to be able to borrow it for the duration of the exhibition.

The exhibition itself includes display boards, video, and toys which you can touch and play with. But what it’s really all about is your own memories of dolls, bears, Meccano, Hornby and Airfix.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the toys which you remember, they’d still love to hear your stories of the way you used to play, or indeed the way you still play today.

If you have an abiding memory of a much loved toy, or you have a toy which you are prepared to lend to Crawley Museum for other people to see and enjoy, then please get in touch. If you are in a position to make a loan of your cherished toy, don’t worry! The toys which you provide won’t be among those which will be used in the toy box and played with by other visitors, instead your loans will be carefully put in a cabinet where they can be seen, but not touched.

For more details on how you can get involved with the Toys exhibition, what it involves, times and dates simply ask at the museum reception, call 01293 539088, or send an email to

Crawley Museums AGM


Tuesday 24th September 2019 – 7.30 p.m. at Crawley Museum.

All welcome.

After the business meeting, there will be refreshments followed by a talk by Holly Parsons, Curator.

Migration Exhibiton – September/October 2019

People waiting to cut the ribbon to open the migration exhibition

Our new temporary exhibition on migration is now up. Created by Crawley Campaign against Racism and Diverse Crawley, it runs until the 27th October 2019. Free entry, but donations always welcomed! Open Wednesday to Saturday from 10.30 to 4pm and Sundays from 2pm to 4.30

Industry Exhibition August 2019

Desks with typewriter and comptometer, with photographs of people working in factories.

Our current exhibition in our link gallery runs until 1st September 2019.
It is about Industry in Crawley.
It includes maps and photographs of Manor Royal, as well as objects form APV, MEL and Redifon, along with some items form pre New Town Crawley.

In the hands on area you can try your hand at using an old typewriter and a comptometer.

Make Your Own Factory

Photograph of children's craft activity with factory buildinh made out of cardboard boxes, model people, a tree covered in sequins and some plastic dinosaurs.
Children’s Activity

Are you looking for something to do this summer?
Why not come to our Learning Space and add to our factory?

Open Wednesday to Saturday 10.30-4.
Sunday 2-4.30

Runs until 1st September 2019

The activity is free but if you’re able to make a donation that would be lovely.

Candomblé ferramenta display

Image of four metal objects: double headed axe with lightning bolts; jewelled cutlass; three tridents on stand; small copper figure.

Have you been in to see our loan from the Horniman Museum yet?

Until 15th December, upstairs in our Link Gallery we have a display case with four Candomblé ferramenta.

“Ferramenta” or ‘tools’ are used in the religion of Candomblé. Each ferramenta represents a particular Orisha – a spirit or deity from the large Candomblé pantheon. Candomblé developed from the religions of enslaved African people from the 17th to late 19th century, in the Bahia region of Brazil.

West African, particularly Yoruba, religious understandings merged with other African and Indigenous American beliefs as well as Catholicism to produce a distinctive Afro-Brazilian religion which, through music and dance celebrates life and its continuance.

These four ferramenta were collected in 1998 as part of fieldwork undertaken in Brazil by Keith Nicklin, former Keeper of Ethnography at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.

They are on loan to us from the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, London as part of its Object in Focus loans programme. Object in Focus gives access to the Horniman’s collections by offering objects on short term loan.

Inspired By Crawley Museum – Writing Competition (April 2019)

“Inspired by Crawley Museum”
Creative Writing Competition

As part of an exhibition in March and April 2019 we want to fill our temporary exhibition gallery with creative writing inspired by the museum.

Entries will be displayed in Crawley Museum during our March and April exhibition “Words, Words, Words: Writing in Crawley, Then and Now.”

We will award small prizes donated by local businesses and groups.

All entries should be inspired in some way by Crawley Museum.

There are 3 categories:
Short story – maximum of 1000 words
Micro story – maximum of 100 words
Poem – maximum of 30 lines

There are 3 age groups – 0 to 10, 11 -18, over 18

Entries can be in any language, but if you’re submitting in a language other than English please provide an English translation.

All entries should be typed or clearly handwritten.

Entries should be accompanied by an entry form and sent by email to: with the words ‘Writing Competition’ in the subject header or by post to:

Writing Competition
Crawley Museum
The Tree
103 High Street
RH10 1DD

Closing date: Fri 22nd March 2019

We’re looking forward to reading your entries!

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