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Our current exhibition

Until 27 July 2024
Free admission, donations welcomed

To celebrate their 80th anniversary we have been joined by the Nautical Training Corps.

The exhibition covers the founding of the Nautical Training Corps and some of the activities that members can expect to get involved in.

You can find out more about the Nautical Training Corps here.

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4 April 2024 - 1 June 2024
Free admission, donations welcomed

Crawley LGBT+’s ‘Queer Crawley Heritage Project’ aims to explore and document the lives and experiences of our local LGBTQ+ population – to capture what it means to be queer in Crawley, now and in the past.

Our Interviewees- Vince, Skye, Gill, Derek and Carl told us their stories for this exhibition.

Find out more about Crawley LGBT here 

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1 February 2024 - 30 March 2024
Free admission, donations welcomed

An exhibition of costumes from Sci-Fi Fantasy Adventure Movies.

The shows included are

Star Trek Enterprise

The Hunger Games

Men in Black 3

Red Dwarf

Earth Final Conflict

Andromeda

Ultra Violet

Dune Mini Series

Dune

Thunderbirds

Stargate Atlantis

Cowboys and Aliens

Ender’s Game

Sontaran Helmet

Gerry Anderson’s Space Precinct

Mars Attacks

Aliens in the Family

 

Half-term sci-fi family fun

Grab a pencil and a clue sheet and complete our intergalactic trail. An alien force has taken over the museum! They plan to steal all the objects to help them understand how we used to live. Can you find all the clues in the galleries, work out the secret code to the lock box and stop the launch before it’s too late?

Become your own sci-fi fashion designer. Using ideas from the exhibition and your imagination design your own costume in our sci-fi fashion house. Once finished, share your ideas with us and get the ‘studio ready approval stamp’ for your design.

Available during museum opening hours 10.30 – 16.00 Thursday, Friday and Saturday every week

Suggested donation £3/person entry which includes all the family activities.

 

Events

Wednesday, 20th March 2024 Science Fiction Under the Surface
Join sci-fi authors Dr Una McCormack and Guy Adams as they discuss writing for Doctor Who, Star Trek and much more. Book here 

 

Thank you to all of our supporters who made this exhibition possible. Freeman Brothers, Crawley Community Charity Shop, The Sussex Archaeological Society, Crawley Wordfest, Pop Up Culture Crawley.

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7 December 2023 - 27 January 2024
Free admission, donations welcomed

The Crawley Town FC exhibition tells the story of our club, 1890s to 2023, from West Sussex Junior league to the English Football League, through pictures of teams, supporters, managers and club legends and characters from 1890 to the current day. There is also a  CTFC museum trail plus a design a kit competition with prizes donated by CTFC and Brick Borrow. If you support Crawley Town, this exhibition is a must, if you don’t there will be exhibits that you can relate to your own club, family and friends.

 

Throughout the exhibition there is a chance to enter our “Design a football shirt for CTFC” competition, with prizes of; Family Ticket (2 adults 2 children for a CTFC Home EFL game), Signed Crawley Town Shirt, Both donated by Crawley Town FC, One Month’s subscription to Brick Borrow (The Lego brick borrowing service), For Primary school, Secondary school and adult age groups.

 

On Sunday 17th December, we had our Football Family Fun Day, which included a performances GFH Banks by Half-Time Orange in the exhibition space. There is a video of the performance below. You can find out more about Half-Time Orange here.

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5 October 2023 - 25 November 2023
Free admission, donations welcomed

Diverse Crawley and Crawley Campaign Against Racism return for their annual exhibition. This years themes include Black History Month and the Climate Emergency.

 

Find out more about Diverse Crawley here 

Find out more about Crawley Campaign Against Racism here 

Find out more about Crawley Interfaith Network here 

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3 August 2023 - 30 September 2023
Free admission, donations welcomed

Crawley Museum welcomes Crawley Arts Society back for their second exhibition with us. This year they are joined by Crawley Camera Club and Crawley Writers Circle to make this exhibition a presentation of art, photography and writing by local people.

Some of the art works are available to buy through Crawley Art Society with a portion of the money being donated to support Crawley Museums in our continued work.

Some examples of previous work by Crawley Writers Circle can be purchased from the museum shop.

You can find out more about Crawley Art Society here
You can find out more about Crawley Camera Club here
You can find out more about Crawley Writers Circle here

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1 June 2023 - 29 July 2023
Free admission, donations welcomed

The Belonging in Crawley Exhibition, in Crawley Museum, represents the culmination of a year of workshops and discussions with community groups and individuals, exploring the theme of Belonging.

The project is run by Crawley Museums and funded by Art Council England.

Like the museum itself, Belonging In Crawley, celebrates a sense of place and home. Some have chosen to create works that show the connections that make us part of a community. Some have celebrated the town itself, and some have chosen to take inspiration from everyday household objects in the museum’s collection and see where their imagination takes them.

There were images and thoughts from a wide range of participants and there were opportunities for visitors to the Museum to take part in further workshops and contribute their own thoughts on Belonging, while the exhibition was on display.

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30 March 2023 - 27 May 2023
Free admission, donations welcomed

Country houses are symbols of national identity, evoking the glamorous world of the landowning aristocracy. “Jewish” country houses tell a more complex story – of prejudice and integration, difference and belonging.

Our new exhibition Country Houses, Jewish Homes explores how Jews arrived in Britain, and fought for the right to acquire land and the political rights and social status that came with it. This was a society still structured by Christianity and dominated by the landed aristocracy. What did owning an English country house mean for immigrant Jewish families like the Rothschilds or the Sassoons? Was it easy to lead a Jewish life in the countryside? And what did those Jews who bought country houses both grand and small bring to the places they came to call home?

From the early struggles for religious equality in Georgian Britain to the rise of modern political antisemitism and the tragedy of the Holocaust, this exhibition illuminates what it means to be British, and the changing place of both Jews and the country house in British life.

This exhibition is curated by Abigail Green and Marcus Roberts and is part of the work of the ‘Jewish Country Houses’ project at the University of Oxford, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council [grant number AH/S006656/1].

The exhibition is made up of the panels provided by the ‘Jewish Country Houses’ project and objects relating to local Country House, Worth Park.

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12 January 2023 - 25 March 2023
Free admission, donations welcomed

Crawley Town Centre BID commissioned local artist Jonny Stockbridge, after he came up with the idea of creating 12 Willow and tissue Lanterns with the support of local people. 

The theme he came up with was the 12 days of Christmas to add a festive element. Also he researched all the Zodiac signs and looked at lots of the animals that are associated with each Birth sign. 

Between 3rd – 21st December at the ASK building on Crawley High Street he started to look at each of the Zodiac signs, the different spirit animals connected to each one and then quite spontaneously decide what two or three animals would be merged into that willow lantern. Sometimes the whole form would be influenced such as Virgo with a foxes head and bumble bees body and sometimes just the decoration. For example within the Gemini Lantern. Although the shape is predominantly a peacock, the colouring is actually also incorporating a rain deer and a budgerigar.

 Members of the public, local volunteers and refugees came to learn how to make them and enjoy the process. They were then all exhibited within the Windows of ASK until 6th January 2023. From 12th January 2023 they will be exhibited at the Crawley Museum as part of a Zodiac Creature Trail, where people can hunt them down as they explore the museum. 

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2 February 2023 - 25 March 2023
Free admission, donations welcomed

Crawley Museum is going a bit Jurassic, when a 5-metre Stegosaurus skeleton cast goes on display. The family friendly exhibition has been partly funded by Crawley BID. It will be the first time Crawley Museum has displayed anything of its size or stature at their site in The Tree since they moved in, in 2018.

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Stegosaurus sun catcher.

Stegosaurus prehistoric landscape sun catchers drop-in family fun craft workshop. Be inspired by a our Stegosaurus  exhibition and create your own stegosaurus landscape silhouette sun catcher to display on your window at home. No booking required, just ask at the welcome desk when you arrive. Donations welcome. Available during museum opening times 10.30 – 16.00

For February half term the museum and exhibition will be open extended hours

Tuesday 14th February 10:30-4 – Stegosaurus prehistoric landscape sun catchers in the Learning Space

Wednesday 15th February 10:30-4 – Stegosaurus prehistoric landscape sun catchers in the Learning Space

Thursday 16th February 10:30-4 – Dinosaur Dig- Uncover T-Rex or Sabre-tooth tiger bones in the Learning Space.

Friday 17th February 10:30-4- Dinosaur Dig- Uncover T-Rex or Sabre-tooth tiger bones in the Learning Space. Film showings in the Meeting Room- 11am The Good Dinosaur, 1pm Ice Age 3.

Saturday 18th February 10:30-4- Dinosaur Dig- Uncover T-Rex or Sabre-tooth tiger bones in the Learning Space. Film showings in the Meeting Room- 11am The Good Dinosaur, 1pm Ice Age 3.

 

Bookable March Saturday only workshops with Jonny Stockbridge

 

Saturday 11th & 25th March 2-4pm Dinosaur bone casting making workshops

Join artist Jonny Stockbridge for this fun and interactive workshop. Using a variety of materials and objects pressed into sand, create your own dinosaur bone fossils out of plaster to take home. All materials will be supplied.

Suggest age range, 7+. Bookable family making workshops. Limited numbers available. Book soon to ensure you don’t miss out.

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Saturday 4th & 18th March 2-4pm Dinosaur silhouette lantern making workshops

Join artist Jonny Stockbridge for this fun and interactive workshop. Design glowing, prehistoric sunset backgrounds, and dinosaur silhouettes. Working with willow stems and tissue paper transform your designs into a 3D self-standing lantern to take home. All materials will be supplied.

Suggest age range, 7+. Bookable family making workshops. Limited numbers available. Book soon to ensure you don’t miss out.

Day of dinosaur lantern making workshop 

All the sessions are currently fully booked.

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