About: Our Vision

Worthing Museum & Art Gallery is positioned within the heart of the borough town of Worthing in West Sussex.


Worthing Museum & Art Gallery holds one of the most significant costume collections in the UK, as well as notable collections in fine and decorative arts, social history, toys and dolls and archaeology. There are around 30,000 items within the costume collection alone.

What We Do

WMA actuates, produces and presents a unique programme of exhibitions, events and workshops.

It manages and develops a highly diverse permanent collection and provides a vital platform for critical thinking across a range of disciplines, primarily archaeology, art, design, costume and social history.

Using art and culture and its presentation as a tool of analysis, it contributes to the construction of a new consciousness and creates opportunities for learning, for the benefit of children, students and the wider community.

Our Values

  • We offer an inclusive museum and art service and aim to create social and educational benefits for all.
  • We are open, friendly and enabling.
  • We believe that our collections allow people to be inspired about the past, the present and their future.
  • We are committed to ensuring that our work remains relevant, engaging and challenging for all.
  • We believe in the value of research and collaboration.
  • We are committed to the responsible stewardship of our collections.

Our Vision

Our vision is to inspire creativity, embrace adventure, champion inclusion and change perception.

We want to champion the next generation of artists; provide arts engagement opportunities that promote lifelong learning and inspiration to our community; to celebrate the enjoyment of art and its capacity to illuminate our shared experience and change perceptions.

Our Funders

Worthing Museum and Art Gallery regular funder:

  • Worthing Borough Council

We also apply for project funding from a range of national funders for specific projects.  In recent years these have included:

  • The Art Fund
  • The Arts Award
  • Arts Council England
  • Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
  • Friends of Worthing Museum
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • The Leche Trust
  • South East Museum Development Service
  • V&A Purchase Grant Fund


Our Partners

We rarely work alone. People we’ve teamed up with to enhance what we do and bring the best to Worthing include:

Worthing Theatres

As part of Worthing Borough Council’s culture department we work closely with Worthing Theatres throughout the year.

The British Museum

In recent years we have worked with the British Museum to deliver a Heritage lottery funded museums learning project.  We have extended this collaboration to our exhibition programme and are delivering an exhibition of netsuke and Japanese men’s fashion.

Northbrook Metropolitan College

We regularly work together on our public-facing programmes of exhibitions and events and behind the scenes on academic research and development.