44 Refugees Welcome

5 January 2017 - 31 August 2018



To celebrate the 70Th Birthday of Crawley New Town, Refugees Welcome – Crawley made a plan to mark this historical occasion by setting up a Community Sewing Project in November 2016.


The idea to start a sewing project stemmed from the desire to get people together from all areas of the Community giving them the opportunity to share a space, talk and sew whatever their sewing ability. Our aim was to have a finished piece that reflected the community in Crawley New Town in it’s 70th Year.


Our project needed a theme and we chose to produce a piece of work that would represent the happy memories that people hold here in Crawley – no matter where their memories are from.


To get the project underway, we needed: a workspace, materials, and sewers.


For our weekly, 1 hour sewing sessions a venue was kindly donated by the Catholic Parish in Crawley. For those members of the community who could not attend weekly, we also ran some one-day workshops in the school holidays in the Friary Church Hall in the town centre.


Our materials consisted of generous donations from individuals, local organisations and businesses. Participants could use any of the textile donations and other design and sewing materials which were provided at the sewing sessions or they could use their own.


The call-out for sewers went out to local community organisations, in ‘Crawley Live’ and word of mouth resulting in a steady number of enthusiastic sewers every week of all ages and from all over Crawley and beyond.

After nearly a year and a half since the project started, the quilt was finished. It has 56 lovingly-made squares and hand-stitched gold lettering with the motto for Crawley New Town;

‘I grow and I rejoice’.


Thank you to Crawley Museum for getting behind the project and providing a space for the quilt in the newly-opened museum.


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Coming soon

2 June 2022 - 30 July 2022

We celebrate all things royal for the 70th Jubilee. Display will include items from our Queens visits to Crawley as well as looking back at some royal celebrations as far back as Queen Victoria.

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Coming soon

31 March 2022 - 28 May 2022

Crawley Museum puts the call out for items and stories that represent births, deaths, marriages and coming of age for you.

Murmuration Arts present examples from their outdoor Winter Light trail for families near Crawley this December.

The Mill Primary return with artwork including miniature books and poems.

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3 February 2022 - 26 March 2022

LPK Learning and Woodard Photography display their photographs of people on their lockdown doorsteps and lockdown photographs.

Objects that represent lockdown from toilet rolls to symbols of working from home and beyond.

The Mill Primary academy present artwork done by pupils on their experience of lockdown.

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Our current exhibition

Until 29 January 2022

Victor Burr (1908-1993) was born in London and moved to Crawley in 1941 where he worked in agriculture at Tysons Nursery to help the war effort. In 1945 he married Elizabeth Tidy and they lived in East Park, Crawley. Encouraged by Elizabeth, Victor was a prolific painter, attending the West Sussex School of Painting and Drawing. He exhibited at the Royal Academy’s Summer exhibition in 1948 and 1951.

Today, Victor Burr is almost unknown. This exhibition displays some of the works owned by Crawley Museum alongside pieces which are on loan from a family friend, Philip Pennicott, whose parents were friends with Victor and Elizabeth when he was growing up. The exhibition would not have been possible without the generous loan of his collection and some of the insights into Victor and Elizabeth that he has given us.

We would also like to thank Crawley Art Society for kindly loaning us their display boards.

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30 September 2021 - 27 November 2021

This October and November we are proud to be hosting the annual exhibition by Diverse Crawley and Crawley Campaign Against Racism.

In October the Diverse Crawley part of the exhibition will focus on Black History Month:
* From Slavery to Royalty
* Windrush Scandal Update
* Black Lives Matter Update
* Chagossian Islands History

The Crawley Campaign Against Racism part of the exhibition will be on “The Changing Face of Crawley”

Changes happen , especially around a Pandemic .
Some we can deal with, adapting or resisting, some we welcome .

Writing, Art work and Photography explores:

* Diverse memories in Crawley
* Diorama
* Crawley’s Natural World
* Crawley Faiths’ Religious Icons
* Public Art – Hidden in Plain Sight

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art society

5 August 2021 - 25 September 2021

This August and September we are pleased to be hosting an exhibition of paintings by members of Crawley Art Society.

Most of the paintings are for sale.


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3 June 2021 - 31 July 2021

Crawley’s Collections Revealed  was a 18 month project funded by Arts Council England. We worked with volunteers and community members to look at and talk about our collections. We want our collection to reflect the diversity of the history of Crawley, and this project and exhibition is about people working together to achieve that.


As part of the project, a group of volunteers worked together to go through the museum’s object collection to make sure that everything was relevant to Crawley. Some items were removed from the collection and dispersed elsewhere. Some objects went to the museums education collection, some to other museums or other organisations and some had to be destroyed for safety reasons.


We also worked with members of the local community to label objects from our collections, and to decide what should be added to our collection.


To start with all of these sessions were taking place in person but then Covid-19 happened and our activities moved online.


The content of this exhibition is largely written by project volunteers and some of the people who took part in the community workshops.


If government restrictions allow, we will be creating a physical version of this exhibition which will be in Crawley Museum from 3rd June to 31st July 2021.


Thank you to everyone who was part of this project!


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music exhibition landscape 1 - Featured Image

4 November 2020 - 29 May 2021

Music has always been an important part of life in Crawley. In this exhibition we explore some of the music in Crawley that is within living memory.

This would not have been possible without the generosity of the people who have shared their memories and photographs and who have loaned us objects.

If you would like to share your memories of music in Crawley with us then please get in touch!

The exhibition is free but as an independent museum we’d really love it if you’re able to make a donation – thanks!

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