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How We Lived Then Museum of Shops

20 Cornfield Terrace
East Sussex
BN21 4NS

In this "late-Regency" town house, built in 1850, you will see 100 years of Shopping and Social History, Uniquely captured in many old Shops, Rooms and Displays.

To the sounds of horses and carriages stroll through our Victorian-styled streets. Wonder at the Chemist with his many 'cure-all' preparations. Remember 'Five Boys' and when sweets were weighed from jars?

Visitors returning time and time again say this is one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind in the country. Certainly it's one of the oldest established, having been amassed during the past fifty years by Jan and Graham Upton. Their museum now has well over 100,000 exhibits!

"How We Lived Then" is often featured on Radio and in the National Press and was recommended by BBC Television's "The Travel Show".

Exhibits at the Museum include:

The Grocer

Mr Barton, the Grocer, sells his biscuits from glass-topped tims along with all the nostalgic products, such as blue-bags, Monkey brand soap or Oxydol.


Re-live the wartime and rationing with our kitchen/living room complete with under the stairs air-raid shelter.

Seafarer's Inn

In the old seafarer's inn, called "The Admiral Lord Nelson", you will see the sailor home on leave enjoying his pint.

Edwardian Kitchen

There's also an Edwardian kitchen, staffed by the cook and scullery maid, under the watchful eye of the housekeeper!

See also the Village Post Office, "Christmas Past", the Jewellers, old Eggcups, a collection of Royal souvenirs and several new displays, including Tennis and Sports.

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By Road:
From London A22.
From Brighton A27.

By Public Transport: Eastbourne railway station: 5 minutes.

How We Lived Then Museum of Shops Postcode for SatNav: BN21 4NS


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