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Explore Eastbourne's past, present and future

SEE ORIGINAL TOWN PLANS for the development of a brand new Victorian seaside resort designed by architect Henry Currey for landowner the seventh Duke of Devonshire. On display are examples of elegant decorative architectural features including ironwork, terracotta and stoneware. There are scale models of the town's landmarks: the elegant Victorian Railway Station and the 1930s Bandstand - Bandstand. Discover the area east of the Pier where the fishing and working communities once lived. And more...



150 years of Eastbourne Pier

PHOTOGRAPHS AND ARTEFACTS about the Pier are on display together with the original drawn plan of the first Eastbourne Pier “a promenade for walking over the water” designed by renowned pier architect Eugenius Birch, the plan is dated 1865 and is on special loan to the Eastbourne Heritage Centre for this exhibition.

Eastbourne Streetscapes Through Time

- a selling exhibition by Paul Jordan

MANY PHOTOGRAPHS AND ENGRAVINGS exist to record Eastbourne’s town centre architecture from Victorian days to the present time. Artist Paul Jordan has made reference to these to produce new artworks documenting the changing face of familiar streetscapes. At each of the locations Paul’s watercolour and ink illustrations compare the same buildings from different eras, leading the viewer to see how much rebuilding or remodelling has taken place and how many of today’s shops were originally built as private residences. Original artworks are for sale. Prints available in the shop.



Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park

-the Duke's Pleasure Ground

THIS EXHIBITION TAKES A NEW LOOK at Devonshire Park. By the 1870s the 7th Duke of Devonshire realised that the success of his new town depended on a central entertainment area. Visual archives, film, and artefacts show how the park developed in to the main cultural area of the town and its continuing use as a sports, theatre, arts and music hub.

The new ‘Devonshire Quarter’ project – a vision for the park’s future–is now under construction and showcased in the exhibition. A film presented by Eastbourne tennis champion Johanna Konta shows the new world class sports facilities for the LTA international tennis tournaments, the designs for a Welcome Building, conference centre, and restoration of the iconic listed buildings – the Congress
and Devonshire Park Theatres, and the Winter Garden.


Wednesday 5 July, 2017

Devonshire Park Theatre

by Edward Thomas

*Doors open 6.00pm. Talk starts at 7.00pm.

Talk tickets £6.00, include wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee, and light snacks, with the opportunity to see the Eastbourne's Devonshire Park exhibition and walk around the Centre.

Tickets obtainable from 8 June at the Centre, or at the talks, advance purchase of tickets is strongly advised as seating is limited.


The Winter Garden

by Richard Crook

Date to be confirmed