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As the museum is currently closed to the public we’ve made some videos so that people can see some of the objects and photographs from our Music in Crawley exhibition. We hope you enjoy them. Due to music copyright the videos are silent, but we’ve also created a playlist of…
Crawley record
In the early part of the 20th century it was common for cycle shops to also sell gramophones and records. Kirkman’s was in Crawley Square from the 1930s until the 1950s. They then moved to 40 The Broadway. The Square was the buildings that stood in the middle of the…
CSCMS TB46 Three Bridges Shopping Parade
We arrived in Crawley to set up home immediately after our marriage in September 1967. At that time Crawley still had that intangible ‘New Town’ feel to it. We have both qualified as librarians that summer. David became Technical Librarian at APV on Manor Royal, whilst I took up the…
Pound Hill Parade
Moving to Crawley New Town from Twickenham in an upstairs flat over a shop was WONDERFUL. In those days we actually had a choice of three 3 bedroom houses in Pound Hill, the area chosen by hubby who had to travel daily to work, till “our turn”. Taking son Andrew,…
Nick Sexton 2018
It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Nick Sexton passed away on 6th January 2021.    Nick had been a guiding force for the Museum since it began, and had fulfilled a variety of roles. With his wife, Angela, he took the lead in making…
Ted Henbery at work at the Mill
E.W.Henbery MBE 28th August 1931-13th December 2020. We are sorry to report that E.W.Henbery MBE, well known for his leadership in the restoration of Ifield Watermill has died aged 89. Known as Ted, he led a team of volunteer workers from the time soon after the land incorporating the mill…
ballet 1
Before the Hawth Theatre was built the old leisure centre on Haslett Avenue was the venue for concerts and recitals. In 1981 my husband, Bill, and I had one of our first dates there, to see Glenn Campbell. He was excellent. On other occasions we saw Barbara Dixon, Chris Barber’s…
holly ballet 2
I cannot remember where we went for our tap and ballet classes, but it was in Crawley when I was around 6 or 7 years old. I remember one Christmas we were doing a show and I was a dalmatian. At the end the teacher was handing out chocolates as…
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Spitfire were a garage rock ’n’ roll band from Crawley whose line up revolved around brothers Nick and Jeff Pitcher (ex Bobby Scarlet). Their 1991 debut single, Dive, was an NME single of the week, and their first album, Sex Bomb – whose cover featured a picture of Jeff’s daughters…
Crawley Museum Circle@4x copy
On October 27th Crawley Museum hosted a talk by Graham Crozier about Charlotte Despard. Covid-19 restrictions meant that we had to limit our audience, so we videoed it. It has now been captioned and is available on YouTube here We hope you find it interesting!

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