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Last Chance to View Eastbourne Memories this Bank Holiday

29 April 2019

Popular free exhibition ‘Eastbourne Remembers’ draws to a close this Bank Holiday, ending on 6 May after a successful extended run.

Eastbourne Remembers PostcardsThe Pavilion exhibition which reveals lost pieces of time from over 2,000 years, will be replaced with a new collection from 18 May, displaying heritage highlights from recent years and a brand new WW1 airship exhibition.

For those who missed it, Heritage Eastbourne highlights will include the return of last year’s poignant End of War and Extraordinary Women displays, celebrating the centenaries of both the end of WW1 and also the first votes for women.

The new installation will also incorporate the brand new Heritage Lottery funded Gasbags Ahoy! exhibition, produced by Creative Force and volunteers from the local community, which tells the fascinating story of the R.N.A.S. Polegate Airship Station during World War 1.

The free exhibition is also due to feature the stories behind the ‘Faces of the Fort’ from the Redoubt Fortress, which is currently open on weekends only for guided ‘hard hat’ tours while restoration works take place.

Eastbourne Borough Council Director of Tourism & Enterprise, Phil Evans said “Eastbourne Remembers has welcomed thousands of residents and visitors reminiscing at this nostalgic and thought-provoking exhibition, which has proved to be one of our longest running exhibitions ever. We hope the next installation proves as popular and are delighted to be commemorating the unique part that our local area had to play in WW1, suffrage and airship flight.”

Gasbags Ahoy! launched in March with a temporary display on the original site of the airship station, and will now join the Heritage Eastbourne collection for the time-being. Visitors can uncover engaging stories of bravery from the airship crew descendants, film footage and even try their hand at semaphore.

Eastbourne Remembers continues until 6 May, relaunching with Eastbourne’s Heritage Highlights from 18 May. The Pavilion and café are open daily from 10am to 5pm and entry is free.

Heritage Eastbourne’s ‘The Story of Eastbourne’ exhibition also continues at 248 Terminus Road, and is free to visit, telling the 150,000 years story of the town.

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