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Amberley Museum

Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre
Motor Engineers, Amberley working museum.
Location Amberley, West Sussex, England

50°53′53″N 0°32′22″W / 50.8980°N 0.5395°W / 50.8980; -0.5395Coordinates: 50°53′53″N 0°32′22″W / 50.8980°N 0.5395°W / 50.8980; -0.5395

Type Industrial heritage
Website Website

Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre is a museum at Amberley, near Arundel in West Sussex, England.

The museum was founded in 1979 by the Southern Industrial History Centre Trust and has previously been known as the Amberley Working Museum, Amberley Chalk Pits Museum or plain Amberley Museum.

The museum is a registered charity[1] and has the support of an active Friends organisation.


It is a 36 acre (146,000 m²) open air museum,[2] next to Amberley railway station, dedicated to the industrial heritage of South East England and with a special interest in aspects of the history of communications and transport.[3]

The museum is sited in a former chalk quarry [4] where the chalk was converted into lime for use in mortar and cement,[5] and remaining on site are several kilns, including a De Witt set, and associated buildings including offices, bagging shed and locomotive shed.

Also to be seen is the quarry tunnel (which appeared as Mainstrike Mine in the James Bond film A View to a Kill). Additional buildings have been relocated or replicated on the site and exhibition halls added. The natural history and geology of the site can be seen from a nature trail.

Exhibits and collections

Crafts demonstrated on site include woodturning, broom-making, walking stick-making, caning (furniture) and the work of the blacksmith and the stained glass maker. Special events are held regularly.

Southdown Bus collection

On open days the Southdown Bus collection operates bus rides throughout the day. The collection of vehicles is listed below.

Operational Buses
  • 1914 Worthing Motor Services/Southdown Tilling Stevens Open Top 41 seater IB 552. (Restricted use because the bus is fragile)
  • 1922 Southdown Leyland N Type Open Top 51 seater CD 5125.
  • 1927 Southdown Dennis 30cwt Single Deck UF 1517.
  • 1928 Sunderland Corporation Leyland Lion LT1 single deck BR 7132 (Privately Owned).
  • 1930 Southdown Tilling Stevens B10 A2 Single Deck 31 seater UF 6805.
  • 1931 Southdown Leyland Titan TD1 Double Deck 50 seater UF 4673.
  • 1931 Southdown Leyland Titan TD1 Double Deck 50 seater UF 7428.
  • Replica 1938 Shelvoke and Drewry Tramocar BP9822 Single Deck. (Small bus generally used at quiet times)
Buses undergoing repair or restoration
  • 1923 Southdown Tilling Stevens Single Deck CD 4867. (Chassis only, planned to be fitted with a raked charabanc type body)
  • 1937 Southdown Leyland Cub Single Deck 24 seater ECD 524.

Amberley Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Collection

See also


External links

  • Museum website
  • Photographs and Description
  • Amberley Narrow Gauge Railway
  • Museum photo gallery, mostly buses and trains
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