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Battle Local History Museum

Founded: early 1960s        Governance: Independent Trust        Scope: Local History    Visited: Summer 2014

The whole history of Battle is so dominated by 1) its Abbey and 2) its, well, battle, that it's not easy for anything else to get a word in edgeways. The little Local History Museum naturally doesn't neglect those aspects of the town's past, but it does its best to include a variety of other things as well. The Museum began life elsewhere, and took over the medieval Almonry in Battle High Street after a major refurbishment in 2003, sharing the building with Battle Town Council. As very often happens the age of the building is often overestimated - one website claims it dates to 1090 while the Royal Commission on Historic Monuments insists it's probably 15th-century - but although the Museum seems very proud of its home (and its pleasant accompanying garden) the displays don't tell you anything much about it. Instead, the collection, which all fits in one long, barn-like room, comprises the usual sort of heterogeneous memorabilia you tend to associate with a small market town, with a couple of nice, eccentric highlights. 'Small face in clay, undated and unidentified' is a museological masterstroke. 

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