Exhibitions and talks
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 in 1859 and 1872 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.
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’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 7.00pm*
The Playhouse in the Park
by Edward Thomas, Friends of the Devonshire Park Theatre
Wednesday 6 Sept 7.00pm*
The Winter Garden - a miniature Crystal Palace
by Richard Crook, RIBA
*Doors open 6.00pm. Talk tickets cost £6.00 and include wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee, and light snacks, with the opportunity to see the exhibition and walk around the Heritage Centre. Tickets are available at the Heritage Centre during opening hours or on the door on the day. Booking is advisable as seating is limited.