Maritime history opens the season

The Marlipins Museum opened for the summer season on Wednesday, May 1, with an exhibition of the museum's Maritime Art Collection
The Marlipins Museum opened for the summer season on Wednesday, May 1, with an exhibition of the museum's Maritime Art Collection
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SHOREHAM’S maritime history is explored in the first exhibition of the season at the Marlipins Museum.

The High Street museum opened yesterday (Wednesday) for the summer season, with an exhibition of the museum’s maritime art collection.

It features an extensive collection of paintings of ships and Shoreham’s maritime history.

Apart from the exhibition, the museum is well worth a visit, as its collections now include an important photographic and visual record of Shoreham and the surrounding area, material relating to the town’s maritime history, archaeology and social history items.

The building known as Marlipins has been open to the public as a museum since 1923, but is much older, dating from the early 12th century.

It is believed to be one of the oldest surviving lay buildings in Sussex.

It was clearly built to last, with huge supporting timbers and distinctive flint and a Caen stone chequerboard front.

Liza McKinney, treasurer of the Friends of Marlipins Museum, said: “Visiting the Marlipins Museum supports the work of the Friends of Marlipins Museum and helps to continue to preserve this historic building and museum.”

The Friends, set up in 2010, work closely with the museum’s owners, the Sussex Archaeological Society, and other relevant groups to ensure this important and fascinating facility attracts the interest, use and support it deserves.

The exhibition runs until May 26 and an evening talk on the Shipwrecks of Sussex is planned before it closes, but the details are yet to be confirmed.

It will be followed by Wrapped-Up by the Sea, running from June 1 to 15.

Part of the Adur Festival’s Art Trail, this exhibition will feature stitched textiles by Amelia Leigh, Debbie Hammond, Jackie Hardcastle and Janis Parle.

The museum, which houses more than 2,500 exhibits reflecting the rich history of the area, is open from May to October, from 10.30am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Admission is £2.50 adults, £1 children, £2 concessions.

A reduced price for groups of 10 or more is available.