MuseumSights and activitiesBattle Museum of Local History

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The Battle Museum of Local History is a small museum that has exhibits relating to local history from the days of the dinosaurs to the present day although the museum’s real emphasis is on the Battle of Hastings.

The museum is highly recommended as the perfect complement to nearby Battle Abbey and the volunteer staff do a fantastic job at bringing history to life.

The walled garden at the Battle Museum of Local History (Photo: Patrick Roper [CC BY-SA 2.0])
The walled garden at the Battle Museum of Local History (Photo: Patrick Roper [CC BY-SA 2.0])

What to see at the Battle Museum of Local History

Although only a small museum, the Battle Museum of Local History is much more interesting than other small local history museums, primarily because of the impact that events in Battle in 1066 have had on British history.

The museum’s main displays focus on the Battle of Hastings, which was fought at Battle in 1066. The museum’s exhibits include the Battle of Hastings Axe, which is believed to be the only surviving relic of the Battle of Hastings. There is also a diorama of the battle plus a print of the Bayeux Tapestry and a replica of the Alderney Tapestry.

Other displays at the museum include prehistoric and Roman artefacts plus the world’s oldest effigy of Guy Fawkes. There is also an exhibition about the evolution of the post office with reference to the local Battle branch.

Visiting the Battle Museum of Local History

The museum is on the High Street in the centre of Battle and it is only a five-minute walk from Battle Abbey.

Admission to the museum is free of charge, although they appreciate a donation. It is only open April to October.

The museum is fully wheelchair accessible.

Because it is only a small museum there is no on-site cafe but the museum does have a nice garden and its location in the town centre means that there are plenty of places to eat and drink nearby.

It is only a small museum and 45 minutes to an hour should be sufficient time to see the main exhibits.

Amenities
  • Wheelchair access

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