Crawley’s Collections Revealed

Display cabinet with teddy bear, milk bottle, cruet set, trophy and toy robot, with handwritten labels.

In 2019 Crawley Museum was awarded a grant from Arts Council England for a new project – Crawley’s Collections Revealed.
This 18 month project runs from November 2019 until April 2021.
It has been doing two main things:

1 Going through our collections to identify things that are not relevant to the history of Crawley. We will offer them to other museums. This will make room for more objects which reflect the history of Crawley and its communities.

2 Working with members of the community to select items from our collections that are not currently on display. Project participants have been creating their own text labels. The items are being exhibited in a project display cabinet. There will also be an exhibition about the project in 2021. Members of the community will help to create this.

Because the museum is currently closed to the public due to Covid-19 we are posting images of the objects online. We are inviting people to create labels by commenting. We will then use these comments to create a display.

We are looking forward to being able to run more face to face sessions at a later date!

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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.

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 office@crawleymuseums.org

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.

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