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Eastbourne - All change!

170 YEARS OF EASTBOURNE'S RAILWAY HISTORY: passenger daytrips, annual holidays, commuting, ticketing, timetable technology, postal services, telegraph and public message office, steam and electrification, the four station buildings, engine sheds, turntable, sidings, signalling, track maintenance, industrial services – coal, gas, and ballast. 

The exhibition has been kindly sponsored by Southern, and Eastbourne Borough Council’s Meads Councillors.



The history behind Eastbourne’s new Devonshire Quarter

This exhibition showcases the park’s history from the early 1870s when the 7th Duke of Devonshire first envisaged a town centre pleasure ground for visitors and residents. See the timeline of the park’s buildings: the Winter Garden, the Devonshire Park and Congress Theatres, and Towner.

Learn about the new Devonshire Quarter project, and future developments, currently taking shape in the park with its iconic listed buildings being refurbished and the building of a new Welcome Building and conference centre. This exhibition follows the growth and development of the park as the town’s main recreational area and its continuing use as a sports, entertainment and cultural hub.

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. 

And more...