Eastbourne Heritage Service and education

Eastbourne Heritage Service

Eastbourne Borough Council's Heritage Service provides both education and management of Eastbourne's heritage assets including:

  • Redoubt Fortress Military Museum
  • Outreach services to schools
  • Archaeological digs at key Eastbourne locations
  • Management of heritage assets from skeletons to saxon treasure
  • Heritage Lottery funded Eastbourne Ancestors project
Eastbourne Saxon Festival

Archaeology and Local History

From Anglo-Saxon festivals to archaeological digs and beyond!

Heritage Eastbourne can offer so much for you to get involved with.

Each year we undertake archaeological investigations and excavations in the Eastbourne area, examining our rich heritage from ancient Bronze Age Barrows to Victorian rubbish pits. Each project offers volunteers either a chance to get down and dirty in a trench or to get involved with the revealing and slightly less mucky work of finds washing and analysis (or a bit of both).

In return for voluntary help, full training will be given or experience gained which can be very valuable for anybody looking for a career in heritage, or just taking up a fascinating and worthwhile hobby.

We have extensive collections within Heritage Eastbourne made up from all of the finds from the last 50 or so years of excavation and discovery in the Eastbourne area including flint tools made 100000 years ago to ornate Saxon glass beakers.

Researchers can contact Heritage Eastbourne for access to these archives by appointment.

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Schools Programme

Visit us or we can come and see you!


We love working with schools and run a great outreach programme as well as school visits to the Redoubt. All education resources are tailored to meet the national curriculum using our excellent collections to cover subjects from pre-history to World War II.

We visit schools in the East Sussex area to run discussion based outreach sessions bringing the museum to you, exploring and uncovering the story of Eastbourne and the surrounding area.

We can bring artefacts from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Romans, Saxons, Tudors, Victorians, World War One and Two and a variety of things in between all from the Eastbourne area.

We also offer practical activities including, for the Saxons – shoe making, pottery making and fire making (lots of fun and not nearly as dangerous as it sounds!) as well as Stone Age weaving. Each session is tailored to your needs and requirements.

If you would like to arrange a class tour of the Redoubt Fortress or require outreach sessions please contact us for more details.



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Do You Have Any Local Treasure?

Chest from the Queen's Hussars Collection

Contact us if you have any local finds you think suitable for display at the museum.








Redoubt Fortress on Eastbourne seafrontThe Eastbourne Heritage Service has a number of volunteering opportunities, from  gallery stewarding to archaeology, archiving, collections care and maintenance.  Teams meet regularly at the Redoubt or Town Hall and offer the chance to gain new skills in a fun environment.

Did You Know?

Heritage Eastbourne has over 300 skeletons in their archive collection
Heritage Eastbourne

Contact Eastbourne Heritage Service

Heritage Eastbourne is based at the Redoubt Fortress, Pavilion and Town Hall.

For Redoubt enquiries telephone 01323 410300 (open 10am to 5pm, excluding Winter closure).

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For Archaeology or Local History enquiries please contact us on 01323 415396 (Mon - Fri only).

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