Old Southwick pictures go on show for the first time as Manor Cottage reopens

Paintings, photographs and pictures from the Southwick Society collection will be on show at Manor Cottage Heritage Centre when it opens to visitors for the first time this season.

Monday, 3rd August 2020, 5:06 pm

The new exhibition features more than 30 items which have been donated to the society over the past couple of years and this will be the first time they have been put on public display.

Manor Cottage, in Southwick Street, will be open on Saturday, August 8, from 10.30am to 12pm and measures will be in place to ensure the safety of all visitors and stewards.

Mary Candy, chairman, said: “We are delighted to be able to open the museum to visitors in August. Fortunately, the Manor Cottage lends itself well to a one-way system and we are confident we can open safely within Government guidelines.

What are these Flinns staff doing on Southwick Green?
What are these Flinns staff doing on Southwick Green?

“We have put together an interesting selection of new material, which we are sure our visitors will enjoy.

“The society is always delighted to receive donations of pictures relating to Southwick’s history and it is good to have an opportunity to share these with visitors.”

The eclectic mix includes locally-painted scenes and aerial views of Southwick in 1935 and 1955.

There are also several group pictures, featuring Southwick Bowling Club, Southwick Fire Brigade, Southwick Urban District Council members, The Wanderers Cricket Club and staff from Flinns Dyeworks and Cleaners posing on Southwick Green.

Edwardian gentlemen

You can see two certificates for bravery, presented to an 11-year-old boy who tried to save another boy from drowning, a series of pictures of Central Garage and Grange Road, and a selection of photographs of the VE day celebrations in Rectory Gardens.

Visitors will enter through the usual entrance and follow a one-way system through the building and out the side door.

Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance and exit and the number of visitors in each room will be strictly limited. The upstairs will not be open.

Visitors are requested to wear masks inside the building and will have to leave their name and telephone number for the track and trace scheme.

Central Garage in Grange Road

The shop will not be open for browsing but stock may be purchased, providing the correct money can be paid. Stewards will not be handling money or giving change. Stock can also be purchased by emailing [email protected]

Manor Cottage will be open again on the following three Saturday mornings. Admission is free.

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VE Day celebrations in Rectory Gardens

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