The history and legacy of slave-ownership in Sussex

Hastings Stand Up To Racism group is hosting a round table discussion tomorrow night (June 30th) to explore the histories and legacies of slave-ownership in Sussex – including ‘Mad Jack’ Fuller – and explain why Sussex is ‘not innocent’ when it comes to colonial slavery. The meeting will also examine the resistance to slavery and some of […]

What a beautiful town we live in… The sun has got his hat on!

All photos by Peter Norman The sun came out of hiding over the last weekend after a mixed midweek and with it came beautiful weather, making for a lovely weekend to finally, fully kickstart the summer–and in good timing, too, coinciding with the beginning of the European Championships where England started well with a win […]

Loving Hastings – pop-up art gallery on pier is big hit in its first week

An eclectic collection of original art from local painters, photographers and craftspeople has transformed the top deck of Hastings pier into a weekly outdoor arts and crafts market.  Works are on sale every Sunday through the summer from up to 20 artists right across the South East.  Organised by Love Hastings, the weekly arts and […]

Hastings Museum launches restoration project fundraiser

Spectacular woodcarvings and furnishings in the Durbar Hall of Hastings Museum and Art Gallery are in desperate need of repair so hastings Borough Council has teamed up with the Museums Association and Crowdfunder to raise the much needed funds that will pay for the restoration of the last remaining original banquettes. Originally created for the […]

Direct hit – In memory of those who died when the Swan Inn was destroyed

It will be exactly 78 years ago on Sunday that the historic Swan Inn, a Hastings landmark since the early 14th century, was destroyed by enemy action. It was around lunchtime on Sunday 23rd May 1943 that a Luftwaffe raid caused damage and casualties around the town with 16 people being killed inside the Swan […]

‘Automata’ exhibition begins today at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

Hastings Museum & Art Gallery has partnered with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre to curate an art exhibition of mechanical sculptures known as ‘automata’ in Hastings this summer. The exhibition, titled Ingenious Contraptions, is as much for families as it is for art enthusiasts, with the automata said to capture humour and offer ‘alluring illusions’. They will […]

Jesus has his hair cut

I’m told that Monelli’s Pizzeria on the corner of George Street by the West Hill lift sells rather good sourdough pizza.  Back in the mid-1960s, I once bought plastic dog poo there with my pocket money! Perhaps I should explain.  In those days it was a fancy goods shop selling novelties and items for the beach […]

Seaside Modern: art and life on the beach heralds reopening of Hastings Contemporary

With a grant of more than £200,000 from the Culture Recovery Fund Hastings Contemporary is preparing for its May 27th reopening with renewed enthusiasm. It plans to reopen with what it describes as ‘a spectacular summer blockbuster’; an exhibition called Seaside Modern which celebrates the relationship between artists and the beach from the 1920s to […]

A ‘living, breathing contradiction’ – just one view of our town

When the weather turned nice Tom McCann took his camera, went for a walk and considered all that Hastings means to him. The weather was lovely earlier in the week, for the first time in a very long time you could really feel that things are getting better – like a little bit of June […]