Find out more of the history of early Bognor, when Sir Richard Hotham set about transforming a small fishing village into a fashionable seaside resort.
The Museum is run by the Bognor Regis Local History Society and has been in this building since 2011.
Almost every aspect of Bognor’s history is represented, from rocks and fossils millions of years old, the local history before the town was founded through to the present day.
The Bognor Regis Local History Society was founded in January 1979 and one of the first decisions made was that Bognor should re-instate its museum. The original museum closed in the late 1960’s and its exhibits passed onto museums in other surrounding towns.
Eventually in 1983 with the support of Arun District Council and the Bognor Regis Town Council, the Society obtained Park Lodge in Hotham Park. On the 30th June 1984 the new Bognor Regis Museum officially opened its doors to the public.
With around 10,000 visitors a year, the museum has proved to be a popular attraction.
Exhibits include displays of vintage cameras, fossils, an Edwardian kitchen and the story of Bathing Machine Proprietor Mary Wheatland. The Ron Simpson Wireless Collection is named after a former Curator with a passion for old radios who bequeathed his own extensive collection to the Museum.
Please remember that like many small local museums the people who do most of the hard work are volunteers and donations from the public are an important source of income that helps keep the museum open.
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