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Are You Being Served?
Eastbourne's department stores remembered

THIS EXHIBITION celebrates the golden age of Eastbourne's department stores where quality goods and customer service reigned supreme.  Visit the virtual 1930s Bobbys tea room, browse vintage photographs of shop windows, see the displays of typical merchandise, and clothes on mannequins.


Are You Being Served?
-the history of Eastbourne's department stores

by Paul Jordan

Tuesday 28 November

The talk starts 7pm and doors open 6pm to see the exhibition. Tickets £9. Almost sold out, just a couple of tickets may still be available from 6pm on the day. Wine, soft drinks, snacks, included.


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.

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...