Get the kids off the couch during the Easter holidays and head down to the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Bohemia Road, to see two exciting new displays which have recently opened.
‘Before Hastings’ is a brand new local history gallery which focuses on the local area before it became Hastings; more than 13,000 years from prehistory to the Saxons. The oldest object on display is a hand axe, dating from around 100,000 BC. The display also features the Roman bath house at Beauport and some of the specimens faked by Charles Dawson, maker of one of the most audacious archaeological hoaxes ever, Piltdown Man.
‘Before Hastings’ is the first of two new local history refurbishments this year. Work has already started on the rest of the story – 1066 to the present day, a major exhibition in support of the ROOT 1066 International Festival marking the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, opening in June.
The ‘Finding Our Place project’ is a new vision for Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, funded by Arts Council England. Councillor Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for culture says the project encouraged the museum to look critically at what they do, and gave them the opportunity to consult with the local community. “The results will help to plan the museum’s future, with the aspiration of becoming a museum for the 21st century with something to offer all ages, interests and experiences,” she said.
Interim findings from the community consultation and architects’ drawings are on display at the museum until April 10. www.hmag.org.uk