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The Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre

Exterior of the Heritage Centre


Discover Eastbourne the story of how the town developed into a fashionable, stylish, well-planned Victorian seaside resort. See how it grew and expanded over the years to include a marina today. Visit the Heritage Centre cinema and watch films about Eastbourne, and shop where there is a wide range of books, gifts, souvenirs, postcards and cards.

Eastbourne Heritage Centre Exhibitions & Talks for 2015 Exhibition:

Eastbourne Streetscapes Through Time
A selling exhibition of new works by artist Paul Jordan
7 May - 29 October 2016
Many photographs and engravings exist recording the development of Eastbourne’s town centre architecture from Victorian to present day. Eastbourne artist Paul Jordan has researched archives to discover images of Eastbourne's streets throughout the years, from these sources he has created his new watercolour and ink artworks finely documenting the changing streetscapes of the town. Through the juxtaposition of street views from different eras each work provides an opportunity to compare and contrast and understand the evolution of Eastbourne's streetscapes through time.

Paul Jordan’s original framed artworks are for sale and prints to order, a catalogue of the exhibition is also available.

Now on
Celebrating 150th year of Eastbourne Pier this exhibition has on special loan, renowned pier architect Eugenius Birch’s original 1865 drawn plan for Eastbourne Pier, and traces through photographs and artefacts the Pier’s ongoing development over the last century and a half.

How 'Streetscapes' Evolved by Paul Jordan
11 May & 17 August - £5.00, doors open 6.00pm, talk starts 7.00pm*
A talk about the new exhibition 'Eastbourne Streetscapes Through Time'. Artist Paul Jordan describes how he researched local records and archives and created the artworks in his new exhibition of images showing the changing face of Eastbourne’s town centre streets.

Timeline of Eastbourne Pier by Richard Crook
14 September - £5.00, doors open 6.00pm, talk starts 7.00pm*
An architectural authority on the development of Eastbourne Pier, Richard leads us through 150 years of pier architect Eugenius Birch’s iconic structure from a “promenade for walking over the water” to landing stage for craft, theatre, music and entertainment venue and discusses the future of the Pier today.

*Tickets include wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee, and light snacks, with the opportunity to see the new exhibitions and displays at the Centre. Tickets obtainable at the Centre beforehand, or at the talks. Booking is advisable.

Education/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPublic toiletsWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed

Opening details

Closed Good Friday


Adult £3.00
Senior/Student £2.50
Child £1
Family £6. include one free entry within 28 days.

All of the above full price entry tickets are valid for 28 days allowing the purchaser re-entry during afternoon opening hours. Please retain your ticket should you wish to make use of this and visit us within 28 days.

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Eastbourne Heritage Centre

01323 411189


2 Carlisle Road,
East Sussex,
BN21 4BT



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Map reference: OA 612838  Lat: 50.76263 Long: 0.28505

Turn off of Grand Parade on to Carlisle Road, in between the Bandstand and the Wish Tower

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Eastbourne station


  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

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