Amberley Museum

Amberley Museum Travel back in time & explore the South’s working past in the heart of the South Downs National Park. The Limeburners café on-site serves hot and cold food.
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Amberley Museum is a 36-acre site located in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Often referred to as multiple museums in one, the Museum has over 20 exhibition areas covering everything from vintage vehicles to communications to electrical goods to crafts and nature trails to rides on a narrow-gauge railway and historic buses. The Museum also hosts a year-round programme of regular events

from Steam Punk to family picnics to James Bond themed weekends. A team of some 200 active volunteers, many of whom worked in the industries represented at the Museum, help to look after the exhibits and interact with visitors. Amberley Museum is a registered charity and an accredited independent museum that was founded in 1978. The Museum is located next to Amberley railway station near Arundel and is close to major access roads in West Sussex. The Museum is usually open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 4:30pm all year round (please check our website first). Dogs are welcome on a lead.

Do you know someone who has never been to Amberley Museum, but lives in Sussex? Please share this post with them.We want...
07/12/2023

Do you know someone who has never been to Amberley Museum, but lives in Sussex? Please share this post with them.

We want to hear from people who have never visited Amberley Museum. We are asking people who have never been or not been in the last 20 years to complete our short survey by 20th December.

The first 20 responses will receive a £5 John Lewis voucher as a thank you, so get in quick!

Complete the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7DRDXYY

Does someone you care about keep forgetting things?Are you worried they have dementia?On Saturday 9 December the Alzheim...
06/12/2023

Does someone you care about keep forgetting things?

Are you worried they have dementia?

On Saturday 9 December the Alzheimer's Society will be visiting Amberley Museum.

Please visit their stall on site from 10.30am – 2pm for a chat.

Thank you to Rusper & Pines, Poppy Crafts, Dougsart, I Do Fused Glass, Made by Hannah, knitandtidycreations, goodwoodtur...
05/12/2023

Thank you to Rusper & Pines, Poppy Crafts, Dougsart, I Do Fused Glass, Made by Hannah, knitandtidycreations, goodwoodturning, Wood & Moore and Sussex Historic Crafts for exhibiting at our Christmas Craft Market last weekend!

This weekend (9-10 December) we’ll be welcoming Dee Bee Sewing (Saturday only), Poppy Crafts, Dougsart, I Do Fused Glass, Littleladiesandlords (Sunday only), Sunwood Books (Sunday only), Made by Hannah, Georgina Zupnik Jewellery Designer (Saturday only) and Sussex Historic Crafts to the market!

Book your tickets here: https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on/christmas-crafts-at-amberley/

Get 50% off Standard admission on 30 & 31 December!Celebrate the old and ring in the new with 50% off standard admission...
04/12/2023

Get 50% off Standard admission on 30 & 31 December!

Celebrate the old and ring in the new with 50% off standard admission on 30 and 31 December when you pre-book tickets online and use discount code FESTIVE50.

Enjoy festive decorations across the site, take part in our Twelve Days of Christmas trail, ride on the narrow-gauge railway and hop on a vintage bus.

Book your tickets here: https://amberleymuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/39689?catID=39482&

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Christmas Craft Fair | 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 DecemberJoin us each weekend leading up to the big day as we celebrate the festi...
01/12/2023

Christmas Craft Fair | 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 December

Join us each weekend leading up to the big day as we celebrate the festive season with a selection of Christmas family activities, Christmas Craft Market, a family trail and more!

• Explore ‘12 days of Christmas’ family trail
• Send Santa a telegram in the Connected Earth building
• Pick up a yuletide message from the Print Shop
• Purchase handmade gifts from the Greenwood Village
• Browse our Christmas Craft Stalls in Humphrey’s Barn
• Enjoy a festive lunch in the Limeburners’ Café
• See the High Voltage displays in action

Visit the Woodturners and make a unique decoration on 2, 9 and 16 December. (Additional charge of £1.50)

Visit the Pottery to make Christmas Puddings & Christmas Dinosaurs with Jumpers. (Additional charge of £2.00)

Our popular narrow-gauge railway and buses will be running, all day, every day we’re open.

Pre-book your tickets here: https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on/meet-father-christmas/

Meet Father Christmas | Limited ticket availability!Celebrate the festive season with a selection of Christmas crafts, a...
27/11/2023

Meet Father Christmas | Limited ticket availability!

Celebrate the festive season with a selection of Christmas crafts, activities and a magical visit to see Father Christmas!

Limited tickets available for 2 & 3 December only.
Book your tickets here: https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on/meet-father-christmas/

The Chalk Pit Story | 25 NovemberJoin the Curator this Saturday for a walking tour looking at the history of the working...
20/11/2023

The Chalk Pit Story | 25 November

Join the Curator this Saturday for a walking tour looking at the history of the working chalk quarry!

Discover why the quarry first opened and how it developed over time from the 1840s through to the 1960s. Find out more about the experiences of workers at the site and get up close to some of the original buildings and tools used in the past.

Tickets are £5 per person (in addition to general admission). Please book both your Discovery Day session and your general admission ticket for the relevant day.

Tickets: https://amberleymuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/52479?catID=49366

We're delighted to announce our team of volunteers has just been awarded The King’s Award for Voluntary Service!This is ...
14/11/2023

We're delighted to announce our team of volunteers has just been awarded The King’s Award for Voluntary Service!

This is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE. We have over 350 active volunteers who restore, maintain, operate and demonstrate exhibits to visitors. The Museum is host to this thriving volunteer community, without whom it would not operate.

Thank you and congratulations to everyone who volunteers at Amberley.

Thanks to funding from the Art Fund, we are able to offer a unique opportunity for a paid internship focused on providin...
13/11/2023

Thanks to funding from the Art Fund, we are able to offer a unique opportunity for a paid internship focused on providing practical experience of collections care.

This opportunity for a Collections Care intern will give you a chance to learn new skills, build your understanding and gain practical experience of looking after a wide range of collections.

Find out more and apply by 15 November: https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/about-us/work-for-us/

School Visit Grant | *Save up to 50% off on your school visit!We want to help local school pupils access heritage and na...
09/11/2023

School Visit Grant | *Save up to 50% off on your school visit!

We want to help local school pupils access heritage and nature in the South Downs National Park.

*If your school books a visit before the end of March 2024 you could benefit from up to 50% off the total cost of your visit, thanks to our new School Visit Grant.

Find out more here: https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/learn/school-visit-grant/

The Chalk Pit Story | 25 NovemberJoin the Curator for a walking tour around the site looking at the history of the worki...
06/11/2023

The Chalk Pit Story | 25 November

Join the Curator for a walking tour around the site looking at the history of the working chalk quarry!

Discover why the quarry first opened and how it developed over time from the 1840s through to the 1960s. Find out more about the experiences of workers at the site and get up close to some of the original buildings and tools used in the past.

Tickets are £5 per person (in addition to general admission). Please book both your Discovery Day session and your general admission ticket for the relevant day.

Tickets: https://amberleymuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/52479?catID=49366

Amberley Museum is a unique place to work and we are currently recruiting for the following roles:• Events & Venue Hire ...
03/11/2023

Amberley Museum is a unique place to work and we are currently recruiting for the following roles:

• Events & Venue Hire Manager (apply by 26 November)
• Health & Safety Officer (apply by 3 December)

To find out more then please click the link for further information. https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/about-us/work-for-us/

Many thanks to Lamonde Automation Ltd for their continued support!Can you help get "Polar Bear" the 1905 Bagnall Steam L...
30/10/2023

Many thanks to Lamonde Automation Ltd for their continued support!

Can you help get "Polar Bear" the 1905 Bagnall Steam Locomotive back on track?

Get involved in the overhaul by showing your support on our JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/supportpolarbear

We're open until 9pm for our Halloween Evening!Look out for who (or what) is lurking in the woods and enjoy exploring th...
28/10/2023

We're open until 9pm for our Halloween Evening!

Look out for who (or what) is lurking in the woods and enjoy exploring the Museum after dark with all exhibits open!

Visit us this Half Term for hands-on leaf printing activities for children, nostalgic bus and train rides around the sit...
26/10/2023

Visit us this Half Term for hands-on leaf printing activities for children, nostalgic bus and train rides around the site, nature walks and seasonal activities!

Visit the pottery where resident potter Nancy Scantlebury-Thompson will be holding ‘play with clay’ sessions and have a go at making a pumpkin, witch/wizards hats and cats.

Book tickets:

Autumn is the perfect season for Half Term fun at Amberley with nostalgic bus and train rides around the site, nature walks and activities.

We’ve got 5 FREE family tickets to giveaway for families with members with SEND (special educational needs and/or disabi...
24/10/2023

We’ve got 5 FREE family tickets to giveaway for families with members with SEND (special educational needs and/or disabilities) to join a special morning visit on Friday 27 October, 11am-1:30pm.

Teaching students from the University of Chichester (who are working on this project with us) will accompany you around the museum and watch and learn how you interact with our exhibits, and ask you some questions. Later there will be a chance to talk to them in more detail in our café.

If you’re eligible and would like to attend on 27 October then please RSVP to [email protected]

Half Term Activities | 21-22, 25-29 OctoberAutumn is the perfect season for Half Term fun at Amberley with nostalgic bus...
20/10/2023

Half Term Activities | 21-22, 25-29 October

Autumn is the perfect season for Half Term fun at Amberley with nostalgic bus and train rides around the site, nature walks and seasonal activities!

From Wednesday to Friday (25-29 October) there will be hands-on leaf printing activities for children of all ages from 11am-3pm.

Visit the pottery where resident potter Nancy Scantlebury-Thompson will be holding ‘play with clay’ sessions throughout half term. Visitors can have a go at making a pumpkin, witch/wizards hats and cats.

Book tickets: https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on/october-half-term/

Our next Discovery Day will be ‘Caring for Historic Artefacts’ on Friday 20 October!Take a peek behind the scenes in Ock...
16/10/2023

Our next Discovery Day will be ‘Caring for Historic Artefacts’ on Friday 20 October!

Take a peek behind the scenes in Ockenden’s Ironmongers and find out more about the history of this local firm and discover the background to some of the more unusual objects on display.

Find out how museums identify and care for historic artefacts, along with a practical demonstration of best practice in handling and cleaning historic items.

This is a great opportunity to pick up some tips and try your hand at some care and conservation techniques.

Discovery Days are additional to normal admission prices. Please book both your admission and your Discovery Day ticket for the relevant day. https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on/discovery-days/

Visit us this Sunday for Autumn Industrial Trains and ride on industrial passenger trains, including the Wickham petrol ...
13/10/2023

Visit us this Sunday for Autumn Industrial Trains and ride on industrial passenger trains, including the Wickham petrol railcar and see the contractors' monorail system in action!

The Friends of Amberley Museum will be holding their annual autumn book fair where you can find a range of books and collectables for sale!

The Jaguar Drivers Club will also be on site with vehicles on display.

Book your tickets here: https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on/autumn-industrial-trains/

As the beautiful autumn season unfolds, our Potter in Residence Nancy Scantlebury-Thompson has enjoyed adding an autumna...
10/10/2023

As the beautiful autumn season unfolds, our Potter in Residence Nancy Scantlebury-Thompson has enjoyed adding an autumnal touch to the beautiful pottery building with pumpkins and rust coloured Chrysanthemums.

She’s been very busy in the pottery making ornaments, bowls and decorations for the October celebrations of half term & Halloween!

Orders for personalised named mugs are coming in thick & fast, as people start to think of unique Christmas presents! She has also started making Christmas decorations to sell in the pottery and the Museum gift shop.

Visit the pottery when you’re next at Amberley and see it all and say hello to Nancy!

Autumn Industrial Trains | 15 OctoberThere will be lots for you to see and do from riding on industrial passenger trains...
09/10/2023

Autumn Industrial Trains | 15 October

There will be lots for you to see and do from riding on industrial passenger trains, including the Wickham petrol railcar to watching the contractors' monorail system in action!

Find out more and book your tickets here: https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on/autumn-industrial-trains/

Land Rover Day | This Sunday 10am-4.30pmCelebrate 75 years of the iconic Land Rover and see over 100 Land Rovers dating ...
06/10/2023

Land Rover Day | This Sunday 10am-4.30pm

Celebrate 75 years of the iconic Land Rover and see over 100 Land Rovers dating from 1948 onwards including classics, specials, service, military and modern models.

Book your tickets here: https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on/land-rover-day/

We’re looking forward to welcoming 200 Sussex based Brownies and leaders to the museum on Saturday 7 October for a fun d...
05/10/2023

We’re looking forward to welcoming 200 Sussex based Brownies and leaders to the museum on Saturday 7 October for a fun day of outdoor learning!

We even have a flashy new badge for them!

As a result, we will be busier than normal, and non-uniformed visitors should be prepared to wait to enjoy certain areas of the museum.

Halloween Evening | 28 OctoberJoin us for a night of terrors! Ride on the ghost train and look out for who (or what) is ...
04/10/2023

Halloween Evening | 28 October

Join us for a night of terrors! Ride on the ghost train and look out for who (or what) is lurking in the woods! Come and discover the Museum after dark with all exhibits open for exploring.

Book your tickets here: https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on/halloween-evening/

Land Rover Day | 8 OctoberCelebrate 75 years of the iconic Land Rover this October!Come and see over 100 Land Rovers dat...
03/10/2023

Land Rover Day | 8 October

Celebrate 75 years of the iconic Land Rover this October!

Come and see over 100 Land Rovers dating from 1948 onwards including classics, specials, service, military and modern models.

Many vehicles have a chequered history and you can find out how they have survived and been maintained over the years.

Book your tickets here: https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on/land-rover-day/

We’re delighted to announce that the craftsmen of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers are constructing a pair of lead pla...
02/10/2023

We’re delighted to announce that the craftsmen of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers are constructing a pair of lead planters to present to His Majesty The King and Queen Camilla to commemorate their coronation.

This major project will be carried out largely at the Gin Building at the museum by the team of demonstrators and it will be one of the most complex designs ever undertaken!

You can find out more about the project here: https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/royal-planters/

Visit us this Sunday for the Autumn Historic Gathering!Come and see over 150 historic vehicles from steam engines, vinta...
29/09/2023

Visit us this Sunday for the Autumn Historic Gathering!

Come and see over 150 historic vehicles from steam engines, vintage cars, commercial and public transport vehicles, stationary engines and motorcycles from over 100 years of transport history.

Book your tickets here: https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on/autumn-historic-gathering/

Amberley Museum is a unique place to work and we are currently recruiting for the following role.• Visitor Services Mana...
28/09/2023

Amberley Museum is a unique place to work and we are currently recruiting for the following role.

• Visitor Services Manager (apply by 1 October)

This is a great opportunity to get fully involved in all that this interesting and varied museum has to offer.

To find out more then please click the link for further information. https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/about-us/work-for-us/

Autumn Historic Gathering | 1 OctoberTurn back time and admire a large collection of over 150 historic vehicles from vin...
25/09/2023

Autumn Historic Gathering | 1 October

Turn back time and admire a large collection of over 150 historic vehicles from vintage cars, commercial and public transport vehicles, stationary engines and motorcycles from over 100 years of transport history.

This event has taken place since 1978 and celebrates the Museum, its collections and volunteers. It is one of the highlights of the year and offers visitors the opportunity to see and find out more about a wide range of vehicles, against the unique backdrop of Amberley Museum.

Book your tickets: https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on/autumn-historic-gathering/

Autumn Bus Show | 24 SeptemberVisit us this Sunday for a showcase of buses from our own collection, the Southdown Omnibu...
22/09/2023

Autumn Bus Show | 24 September

Visit us this Sunday for a showcase of buses from our own collection, the Southdown Omnibus collection and a number of visiting buses!

The earliest bus at the Museum is a 1914 petrol-electric, and there are several buses from the 1920s and 1930s. There will also be a variety of buses visiting for the day.

There will be bus rides all day, transporting you around Museum grounds with either the 1914 or a 1928 open-topped bus in service (subject to weather conditions).

'Peter' our 1918 steam locomotive will also be running on our narrow-gauge railway.

Limited tickets available:
https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on/autumn-bus-show/

Our next Discovery Day will be this Friday on ‘Colours of Nature’Discover more about the natural dyestuffs used in rural...
21/09/2023

Our next Discovery Day will be this Friday on ‘Colours of Nature’

Discover more about the natural dyestuffs used in rural Sussex by working families. Join us for a short walk around the site looking at some of the woodland plants that were traditionally used as dyestuffs before heading back to the barn for a short, practical natural dyeing workshop.

Discover how different mordants affect the colour and see first-hand the chemical reaction that occurs with traditional indigo dyeing.

Discovery Days are additional to normal admission prices. Please book both your admission and your Discovery Day ticket for the relevant day.

Book your tickets here: https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on/discovery-days/

Visit us today for Home Educators Day!Come and enjoy a day exploring Amberley Museum, with drop-in activities and experi...
21/09/2023

Visit us today for Home Educators Day!

Come and enjoy a day exploring Amberley Museum, with drop-in activities and experiences specially for home-educating families.

There will also be a dedicated chill-out space open all day, with games, puzzles and books to read. With train rides available throughout the day, and our varied nature trails, there is something for all ages and interests.

Find out more: https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on/home-educators-day/

Home Educators Day | 21 SeptemberEnjoy a day exploring Amberley Museum, with drop-in activities and experiences speciall...
18/09/2023

Home Educators Day | 21 September

Enjoy a day exploring Amberley Museum, with drop-in activities and experiences specially for home-educating families.

There will also be a dedicated chill-out space open all day, with games, puzzles and books to read. With train rides available throughout the day, and our varied nature trails, there is something for all ages and interests.

Find out more: https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on/home-educators-day/

Halloween Evening | 28 OctoberDare you ride on our ghost train?Join us at Amberley Museum for a night of terrors! Ride o...
15/09/2023

Halloween Evening | 28 October

Dare you ride on our ghost train?

Join us at Amberley Museum for a night of terrors! Ride on the ghost train and look out for who (or what) is lurking in the woods! Discover the Museum after dark with all exhibits open for exploring.

Book your tickets here: https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on/halloween-evening/

We’re currently recruiting for a Visitor Experience Manager to take the lead in helping us provide a safe, welcoming and...
13/09/2023

We’re currently recruiting for a Visitor Experience Manager to take the lead in helping us provide a safe, welcoming and engaging environment for our visitors.

This role is at the heart of the Museum, ensuring day-to-day operations run smoothly. This is a great opportunity to get fully involved in all that this interesting and varied open air site has to offer.

To find out more about this role then please click the link below for further information. https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/about-us/work-for-us/

Last week The High Sheriff of West Sussex, Andy Bliss, made a visit to Amberley Museum to celebrate the work of the volu...
12/09/2023

Last week The High Sheriff of West Sussex, Andy Bliss, made a visit to Amberley Museum to celebrate the work of the volunteer team.

He particularly enjoyed the opportunity to talk with volunteers and learn something both about their individual areas of expertise but also about their personal motivations and the social benefits of volunteering.

The High Sheriff had only intended to spend a few hours with us, but extended his visit well into the afternoon as he was so impressed with the unique experience that the Museum offers to both visitors and volunteers. He paid tribute to the amazing work of the volunteers at the Museum and was very impressed by the thriving volunteer community he saw in action.

If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more about volunteering at Amberley Museum, contact us via the website and join an introductory tour with our Volunteer Manager to find out more. https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/join-and-support/volunteer/

The Southdown Bus Garages are looking fresh after being recently repainted!The bus garage at Amberley is typical of a de...
11/09/2023

The Southdown Bus Garages are looking fresh after being recently repainted!

The bus garage at Amberley is typical of a design of Southdown garages of the 1920s. It incorporates a number of components rescued from other buildings. We have a collection of restored buses and ‘tramocars’ from different eras ranging from 1908 to 1938, mainly on loan from the Southdown Omnibus Trust.

Many Sussex visitors will recall the yellow and green livery of the Southdown Motor Services, which began in 1915, and which had routes across Sussex and Hampshire. You may even recall the routes displayed in our 1930s enquiry and booking office, along with many artefacts such as tickets, uniforms and signs.

Many thanks to Lamonde Automation Ltd for their support towards our Industrial Narrow Gauge Railway!You can help support...
08/09/2023

Many thanks to Lamonde Automation Ltd for their support towards our Industrial Narrow Gauge Railway!

You can help support us continue to improve the Museum by donating here: https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/join-and-support/donate/

We've helped keep Amberley Museum on track by funding the repair of a spare spring for their historic fleet of "Hudson Hunslet" locomotives, stalwarts of the Industrial Narrow Gauge Railway collection at the popular West Sussex attraction.

Hudson Hunslet locomotives were manufactured by the Hunslet Engine Company in Leeds and marketed by "Robert Hudson", hence the name "Hudson Hunslet", they were a popular design, used in such diverse industries as MoD Munitions facilities, brickworks, tileworks, mineral extraction, mining, water treatment plants, and sewage works. The newest of the examples at Amberley, Number 12 (Yellow) dates from 1980, the rest date from the 1940s. All four of these locomotives share the same basic chassis design and the same design of spring.

The broken top leaf of the spring was repaired by Jones Springs Ltd in Wednesbury, who are specialist spring manufacturers and repairers, manufacturing and repairing springs for anything from "Series" Land Rovers, to Heritage railway vehicles and many modern applications too.

For the James Bond fans out there, the two green locomotives in the collage starred in the 1985 film of the Bond franchise, "A View to a Kill", the last appearance by Roger Moore as 007, co-starring Tanya Roberts as the inevitable 007 love interest, Christopher Walken as the villain (Max Zorin) and Grace Jones as "Mayday", Zorin's sidekick..

Memorable moments from that include Grace Jones being blown up! An area of the Railway Exhibition at Amberley has lots of photos of the filming taking place, notwithstanding the Bond connection, the museum is home to a diverse array of collections including Radios, Telecommunications, Electricity, Roadmaking, Wood working, Printing, and of course the railway.

For museum information please visit:
https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/

and for further information about the railway collection at Amberley:
https://www.amberleynarrowgauge.co.uk/

Thank you to Gerry Cork for the photographs of the locomotives.

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Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

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