The 150th anniversary of the railway steaming into Seaford and transforming the town is due to be signalled in June.
To help commemorate this landmark, Seaford Museum has mounted a major new exhibition of local railway images and artefacts, drawn from its own collections and elsewhere.
Museum Chairman Kay Turvey, said, “There can be little doubt that when it finally arrived at Seaford, the railway opened up the town to new influences, and gave it an important new lease of life.
“Although many people still use the railway station, not everyone realises the significance of such features as the extra long platform, and who today notices that the announcements still refer to “The train arriving on Platform 2” when there is actually only one platform in use?”
“The new exhibition and booklet will provide some fascinating information about a town feature which we tend to take for granted.
“In the same year that Western Europe will be marking the outbreak of the First World War, the significance of the military training camps which surrounded Seaford, and the part played by our local railway line extension from Newhaven to Seaford will be recognised in the most poignant images of men, horses and equipment drawn up outside the station, waiting to do their duty.
“But there will also be reminders of the happier times, when visitors were encouraged to spend their holidays in Seaford and enjoy the bracing breezes of the seafront, the golf courses and the Downs.”
A booklet by museum members Kevin Gordon and Ron Vince, and published by the Museum to accompany the special exhibition, notes the opening of the station “marked out the town’s future – not, as at first envisaged as an important seaside resort, but as an accessible end-of-the-line centre for private schools and nursing homes – and, as we know it today, a comfortable and convenient commuter zone and a healthy haven for people in retirement”.
The exhibition opened yesterday (March 30) and is open on Sundays and Bank Holidays: 11am ‘to 4pm, andWednesdays and Saturdays: 2pm to 4pm.
These are the new museum opening times for the summer,