Museum celebrates historical links

Pevensey Court House Museum and Gaol.New Exhibits. Dr Chris Farrah-Mills Clerk to Pevensey Town Trust demonstrates being locked in the stocks and Peter Harrison Curator and Trustee of PTT keeps him under control. August 15th 2012 E33059N
Pevensey Court House Museum and Gaol.New Exhibits. Dr Chris Farrah-Mills Clerk to Pevensey Town Trust demonstrates being locked in the stocks and Peter Harrison Curator and Trustee of PTT keeps him under control. August 15th 2012 E33059N
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PEVENSEY Court House Museum is hoping for extra visitors over the coming Bank Holiday weekend.

The museum will be putting on a special exhibition about King John and the Magna Carta for the long weekend at the end of the month. Visitors to the museum in Pevensey High Street will also have the chance to see the Jubilee display.

Peter Harrison, honorary curator for the Pevensey Court House Museum, said, “There are lots of links to Pevensey because the Royal Charter for Pevensey came from King John in 1207 and four of the witnesses from our charter went on to witness the Magna Carta.”

The Jubilee exhibition has photographs of the Queen’s visit to Pevensey in 1966 when she came to celebrate the 900th anniversary of William the Conqueror’s landing in Pevensey.

It also includes a memoir from David Green who was the chairman of Pevensey Parish Council in 1966, at the time of the Queen’s visit.

Mr Harrison also explained the supporters and volunteers at the court house had been interested to find out more about the history of the building following a survey.

Surveyor David Martin from Archeology South East at University College London has undertaken the study. He has previously done surveys on Anne of Cleeves House in Lewes and the Clergy House in Alfriston.

Mr Harrison said, “He has done a bit of a Sherlock Holmes on the building and he has given us quite a lot of new information.”

It was thought the building was Tudor but David Martin has said part of the roof is from the late 17th century and other parts of the building are Georgian.

Mr Harrison added, “Some of the alterations and adaptations he has told us about are new information to us.”

Visitors can find out more about the history of the building and Pevensey village by visiting the museum. It is run entirely by volunteers and is open everyday from 11am to 4pm throughout the summer months.

It costs £1.50 for adults, £1 for pensioners and free for under 16s who are accompanied by and adult.

Mr Harrison said, “There is the flower festival and the fete in Pevensey on the Bank Holiday weekend so it would be lovely if people came to see the exhibitions in the Court House while they are out in the village.”