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"How we lived then" Museum with Gift shop

"How we lived then" Museum with Gift shop


The Museum has well over 100,000 exhibits laid out on the four floors of old shops, room settings and many various displays, which have been collected over the last fifty years by the owners Jan and Graham Upton.

In the Grocer's Shop you will see Mr. Barton selling his biscuits from glass-topped tins and every inch of shelving packed with nostalgic items from the past, such as Oxo, Rinso, Coleman's mustard and many more! Also the 'Bisto Kids' have come to visit.

You can almost taste the Five Boys chocolate, liquorice, aniseed-balls and all your favourites here in the sweet shop. Theres also cigarettes and tobacco of every kind.

See the scullery maid cleaning the stove with black-lead in the Edwardian Kitchen. Also, the housekeeper who is preparing a tray to take to the folk 'upstairs'.

Home on leave and enjoying a well-earned drink is the sailor in the 'Admiral Lord Nelson'. This 'quaint' old Inn contains many items connected with the sea and also brewing.

Remember dried egg powder and other rationing items? They're all here in the Wartime Kitchen/Living Room and the under the stairs aire raid shelter.

Over the past couple of years, Jan and Graham have been working hard on altering and improving their Museum so visitors will find many new and varied displays throughout the building. Just recently we were featured on BBC television's "The Antiques Road Trip" with Mark Stacey.

The museum has a completely separate Gift Shop, which you are very welcome to just browse around at any time. Here you will find tradtional souvenirs and gifts, also a good selection of Victorian-sytle cards and advertising postcards.

Coach parties acceptedGift shopPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Opening details

Open every day from 10am.
Closing times vary according to season, please phone to check.


Adults £6.00
Seniors £5.00 (60 years and over)
Children (up to 15 years old) £4.50 (under 5’s free)
Family ticket £17.00 is for 2 Adults and up to 3 Children.

Group Rates (for parties 10 and over):
Adults £5.50
Seniors £4.50
Children £4.00
Coach drivers FREE

Schools and Students (for parties 10 and over):
Pupils/Students £4.00 (includes worksheet)
Teachers/Leaders one FREE per each ten children (over that £4.00)
Coach Drivers FREE

It is essential that all GROUPS book in advance and the FULL payment is due at the time of the visit, either by cash or cheque as sorry we do NOT have credit card facilities.

Also see


Mr Graham Upton or Mrs Jan Upton

01323 737143


20 Cornfield Terrace,
East Sussex,
BN21 4NS



See location of "How We Lived Then" Museum and Gift Shop on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: OA 612873  Lat: 50.76582 Long: 0.28509

Just off Eastbourne seafront and 10 minutes walk from the railway station, main bus stop and shops.

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Eastbourne station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

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