Friends of the Worthing Museum
Support Worthing Museum – Join the 'Friends'
Welcome to The Friends of Worthing Museum & Art Gallery. We are an enthusiastic, well-established group who go behind the scenes, attend special events and gain pleasure and satisfaction from helping Worthing Museum. If you have a passion for history and the arts please read on. With your help we could do more.
Through fundraising the Friends have been able to assist the Museum with the purchase of some fine objects of local interest. Additionally some members of the Friends do voluntary work in the museum and a number are regular helpers at special events and workshops for children.
As well as supporting the Museum there are benefits for members of the Friends too which include:
- Reduced admission to Friends’ lectures
- Invitations to private views of exhibitions
- Advance flyers of Museum events and news
- Assisting to catalogue specific parts of the collection under supervision
- Growing knowledge through lectures and participation
- Making friends through meeting people with similar interests
Members enjoy an excellent and varied programme of lectures, in the Worthing Library Lecture Theatre on the third Tuesday of the month. Doors open at 2pm with tea or coffee available, for a prompt start at 2.30pm. Social Events are held in the Worthing Museum education room in July and December.
New members welcome - subscription is £10.00 per year.
Entrance fee per meeting is Members - £2, Visitors - £4.
Click here for further information on the next Friends event: Friends meeting 16 May (466KB)
Download the Friends of Worthing Museum and Art Gallery brochure Friends Brochure 2015 (509KB)
Items Donated or Purchased with the Help of the Friends
From 1969 to the present in excess of fifty items including dolls, costume, ceramics, porcelain, paintings, and silver were purchased with the help of the Friends. We actively promote use of the Gift Aid Scheme to maximise funds received from subscription or donation made by UK taxpayers. From 2001-2009 we have raised more than £9500.
The Friends have recently funded the restoration of the 'Queen's Prizemen' a series of 26 miniature portraits, framed together and pendant to the painting, already owned by the museum, Last Shot, which includes Alfred Cortis. The addition of the pendant has made this a very special display of local history. Alfred Cortis was the first Mayor of the Borough of Worthing and his money helped establish Worthing Museum. He was a superb marksman, one of the finest rifle shots in the Kingdom, winning £3,000 in prize-money, a hefty sum during Victorian times so the subject of the pendant and painting is particularly pertinent.
We have also supported other projects such as Friends’ Ex-President Mary Rosenberg’s fundraising in the 1980’s to install the lift in the Museum in memory of her husband Dr Henry Rosenberg. More recently we have assisted with funds for the restoration of a cabinet for display, and in 2008 the Friends donated £1500 to purchase some new conservation grade mannequins for the costume collection, which is one of the largest in the country.
How Do I Become a Friend?
Download the application form or pop into the Museum and pick up the application form
And return to:
The Membership Secretary
The Friends of Worthing Museum & Art Gallery
C/o Worthing Museum & Art Gallery
Come and try us out as a visitor – we look forward to meeting you
Registered Charity No. 306341