Battle Museum of Local History

Battle Museum of Local History

Battle Museum of Local History
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Set in the beautiful walled gardens of Battle's Almonry, this charity-based, independent and accredited museum is solely run by volunteers. It offers a tantalising glimpse into Battle's rich history - from dinosaurs, the Roman occupation and the Norman invasion to life in the two World Wars. In 2024 the Museum will be open from 29 March to 2 November inclusive.
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  • Adam H
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Staff very welcoming and seriously knowledgeable!
    This isn't the biggest museum in the world, but it packs a lot into its relatively small walls. We thoroughly enjoyed walking around and purchased a few gifts at the end. But by far the best thing about the museum were the two members of staff who told us so much about Battle and it's history! I wish I took there names as both ladies were brilliant. Definitely pop in if you are in the area, well worth it!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Carol S
    Gibraltar66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great local museum
    This is a great little museum with local history explained for the past 1000 years. They have printed copies with explanations of the Bayeux Tapestry ( the French version of the Battle of Hastings) which is fairly unique. The senior volunteer and the 1st day volunteer were both very friendly and knowledgeable. There is a lovely garden outside too.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 August 2023
  • The Codnor Traveller
    Codnor, United Kingdom109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely little museum
    We visited this absolutely lovely little museum during our brief excursion to Battle for the Medieval Fayre. Set in what appears to be a slightly extended small cottage, this museum takes you through Battle's rich and varied history, from the days of Roman occupation to roughly the 1940s, through a series of display cabinets packed full of interesting treasures and curios. These are accompanied by very useful boards of information that provide context to the items on display. Naturally, with this being Battle, it has plenty of focus on the Battle of Hastings (which took place in Battle, and NOT in Hastings) and the pièce de résistance in their collection is an axe-head from a Battle Axe that experts have dated to the time of the infamous battle, and which was found on land that is known to have been part of the battle field. To see this axe-head is great, because in its own small way, it was wielded in order to shape the future of the country we now live in. It played its part in making us who we are today. Its a brilliant piece. This lovely museum is free to enter and I believe is run by volunteers. Donations are welcome, and they also have a small shop. I was utterly charmed by this place and would love to return one day
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 May 2024
  • Willing
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming and informative.
    Very friendly and informative with excellent displays from prehistoric through to the present. Particularly informative was the Roman Bath house exhibits and on the Ironworks there. Of course the Battle of Hastings plats a part but so does rural and village life through the years.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 June 2024
  • Julie E
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Little Gem in Battle
    Our first port of call in Battle. A lot of interesting and varied information in a small museum. The staff were all very welcoming and keen to tell us about the exhibits, we really enjoyed our time there. Whilst in the Almonry we were lucky enough to meet the man who constructed/updated the fantastic model of the town and we were given a very informative talk about the 1066 Battle of Hastings. It was nice to sit down in the courtyard and admire the beautifully tended gardens too.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 June 2024
  • Samantha R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating museum with superb volunteers
    This is a fascinating museum with many rare treasures, the two best treasures were Amanda and Kay, part of the volunteer team who run the museum. Their historical knowledge was incredible and they were happy to take time to talk with us. We were made to feel so welcome and were given time and treated with great kindness. This museum is well worth visiting and only a few minutes walk down the main street from the Abbey and the battlefield. There are also beautiful gardens outside and a lovely spot to sit and rest. Many thanks to Amanda and Kay and all the volunteers who run the museum.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 June 2024
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Caroline H
Chichester, UK2,015 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The Museum is very interesting with it's 1066 exhibition including 'Battle of Hastings' axe and Roman finds from Beauport Park.
Free admission. The Almondry gardens were closed for a while because of work being done.
School groups are welcomed via arrangement,
Written 17 June 2021
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The Codnor Traveller
Codnor, UK109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We visited this absolutely lovely little museum during our brief excursion to Battle for the Medieval Fayre.

Set in what appears to be a slightly extended small cottage, this museum takes you through Battle's rich and varied history, from the days of Roman occupation to roughly the 1940s, through a series of display cabinets packed full of interesting treasures and curios. These are accompanied by very useful boards of information that provide context to the items on display.

Naturally, with this being Battle, it has plenty of focus on the Battle of Hastings (which took place in Battle, and NOT in Hastings) and the pièce de résistance in their collection is an axe-head from a Battle Axe that experts have dated to the time of the infamous battle, and which was found on land that is known to have been part of the battle field.

To see this axe-head is great, because in its own small way, it was wielded in order to shape the future of the country we now live in. It played its part in making us who we are today. Its a brilliant piece.

This lovely museum is free to enter and I believe is run by volunteers. Donations are welcome, and they also have a small shop.

I was utterly charmed by this place and would love to return one day
Written 28 May 2024
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Adam H
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
This isn't the biggest museum in the world, but it packs a lot into its relatively small walls. We thoroughly enjoyed walking around and purchased a few gifts at the end. But by far the best thing about the museum were the two members of staff who told us so much about Battle and it's history! I wish I took there names as both ladies were brilliant. Definitely pop in if you are in the area, well worth it!
Written 29 July 2023
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Carol S
Gibraltar66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
This is a great little museum with local history explained for the past 1000 years. They have printed copies with explanations of the Bayeux Tapestry ( the French version of the Battle of Hastings) which is fairly unique.
The senior volunteer and the 1st day volunteer were both very friendly and knowledgeable.
There is a lovely garden outside too.
Written 16 August 2023
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Claudia Z
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Great local history museum! It’s free and all staff are so friendly! Don’t miss the Anglo-Saxon axe in the museum, it may be the only physical evidence supporting that the battle of Hastings happened around battle, as it’s dated to be 11 century through carbon dating :D
Written 7 April 2023
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Samantha R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This is a fascinating museum with many rare treasures, the two best treasures were Amanda and Kay, part of the volunteer team who run the museum. Their historical knowledge was incredible and they were happy to take time to talk with us. We were made to feel so welcome and were given time and treated with great kindness. This museum is well worth visiting and only a few minutes walk down the main street from the Abbey and the battlefield. There are also beautiful gardens outside and a lovely spot to sit and rest. Many thanks to Amanda and Kay and all the volunteers who run the museum.
Written 27 June 2024
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Julie E
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Our first port of call in Battle. A lot of interesting and varied information in a small museum. The staff were all very welcoming and keen to tell us about the exhibits, we really enjoyed our time there.
Whilst in the Almonry we were lucky enough to meet the man who constructed/updated the fantastic model of the town and we were given a very informative talk about the 1066 Battle of Hastings.
It was nice to sit down in the courtyard and admire the beautifully tended gardens too.
Written 22 June 2024
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Howlo
Buckingham, UK9,637 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
What a wonderful museum, we turned up to visit with a dog which are not allowed in. Well guess what the lovely lady volunteer offered to sit outside with our dog whilst we looked around this gem of a museum. It covers many era's of history and the pride is a Norman Battle Axe Head. A must visit if in Battle.
Written 25 June 2023
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Willing
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Very friendly and informative with excellent displays from prehistoric through to the present.
Particularly informative was the Roman Bath house exhibits and on the Ironworks there. Of course the Battle of Hastings plats a part but so does rural and village life through the years.
Written 22 June 2024
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WitchypooNo2
Surrey18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
We literally poked our heads in during an after lunch walk. We’d spent the morning at Battle Abbey and my two teens and 10 yr old very much felt the History portion of the day was done. The curator, Roy, was sat with his dog in the entrance and struck up a conversation with my, initially reticent, kids. Within 4 mins all 3, even the 16 yr old, were armed with swords and shields showing not a single care as to their enthusiastic sword waving. Then he got out a collection of artefacts he ‘s collected over the years and handed them to the kids and explained the history behind them. He handed my 10 yr old a 4000 yr old burial jar. We were both delighted and terrified he’d drop it.... the trust Roy showed in my kids and his enthusiasm was infectious. The experience basically blew Battle Abbey out of the water. It was so lovely to be engaged by such an interesting and enthusiastic person. The museum is free to enter but the experience we had would have been well worth an entry fee. It’s in a very cute little garden and well worth a visit.
Written 31 August 2018
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