The East Sussex Catalogue

Discover the paintings you own: The Hidden Heritage of East Sussex revealed

The first complete catalogue of all paintings in public ownership in the county.
Published by The Public Catalogue Foundation, July 2005.

Galleries and civic buildings in the UK probably hold the greatest publicly owned collection of oil paintings in the world. However, an alarming four in five of these paintings are not on view! Have you ever wondered what paintings lie in the storerooms of your local museums or art galleries, or hang on the walls of your council offices? 

The Public Catalogue Foundation has the answer, with its acclaimed county-by-county series of catalogues: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. The catalogues, which are available in hardback and softback, may be purchased from all participating collections and selected bookshops, and at . They may also be viewed online, through a partnership with the BBC.

East Sussex has an enviably broad and exciting range of oil paintings: some 2800 oils in 25 collections, and each painting is illustrated in full colour.

The collections are: 

English Heritage, Battle Abbey - 20
Battle Library - 3
Bexhill Museum - 14
Brighton and Hove Museums and Art Galleries - 1504
The Aldrich Collection, University of Brighton - 47  
University of Sussex - 63
Ditchling Museum - 40 
Towner Art Gallery - 427
Michelham Priory - 7
Conquest Hospital - 8
Hastings Fishermen’s Museum - 32
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery - 259
Charleston - 145
East Sussex Record Office - 6
Lewes Castle and Museum - 60
Lewes Town Hall - 14
Victoria Hospital - 7
Westfield House - 3
Rye Art Gallery - 118
Rye Castle Museum - 7
Rye Town Hall - 4
Seaford Museum - 12
Seaford Town Council - 1

TOTAL…………………………………………………………………………………….. 2801

Press Coverage

The Argus

14 July 2005 
Double page spread, with seven images, by Lynn Daly. The piece describes storage and restoration work at Brighton Museum, as well as paintings from across the county.

Meridian TV

14 July 2005
Feature, recorded from Brighton Museum, the University of Sussex and Anne of Cleves House, by James Trollope.

BBC Southern Counties Radio 

14 July 2005
Two interviews with Andy Ellis: one for Brighton programme and one for Sussex programme.

Hastings Observer

15 July 2005
Feature by John Hill, with images of works at Hastings Museum.

Mid Sussex Times

4 August 2005
Feature with image, by Mark Bentley.

Absolute Brighton

August issue
Feature on catalogue, with images, by Mo Shine.

The Insight

August issue 
Feature on catalogue, with image.

The Latest

July 27 – 2 August
Catalogue featured on Interiors page with image.

Sussex Express

19 August
Feature on catalogue, with images by John Eccles.

South Coast Magazine (The Blue Guide)

August issue 
Page on West Sussex Catalogue opposite your advertisement 

24 Hour Museum

General feature on Public Catalogue Foundation, using East Sussex Catalogue images

West Sussex Gazette and Chichester Observer

22 September
Three page spread on West Sussex Catalogue, by Phil Hewitt

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