Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre

Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre

Motor Engineers, Amberley working museum.
Location Amberley, West Sussex, England
Coordinates 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
Leyland N Bus
Early Leyland bus on the road at Amberley
Wheelwright's Shop
Locomotive Polar Bear on the narrow gauge railway

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 and the work of the blacksmith and potters. 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
Buses undergoing repair or restoration

Amberley Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Collection

See also


  1. Charity Commission. Amberley Chalk Pits Museum, registered charity no. 278722.
  2. Amberley Working Museum (2005). Amberley Working Museum.
  3. Dean, Ian (Summer 1981). "Chalk Pits Museum". Yesteryear Transport (9): 12–15.
  4. Owned by the Pepper Family for 30 years Times 24/2/04 Obituary of Ginny Fiennes (née Pepper)
  5. Aldsworth, Fred (1979). Limeburning and the Amberley Chalkpits. Chichester: West Sussex County Council. ISBN 0-900800-33-X.
  6. "Connected Earth". Archived from the original on 10 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-13.
  7. Gordon, Bob (1981). One Hundred Years of Electricity Supply 1881-1981. Hove: Seeboard.
  8. Amberley Chalk Pits Museum (1984). Industrial Railways of the South-East. Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 0-906520-09-6.
  9. Dean, Ian (1984). Industrial Narrow Gauge Railways. Princes Risborough: Shire Publications. ISBN 0-85263-752-7.
  10. Cork, Gerry (2001). The Amberley Museum Narrow Gauge and Industrial Railway Collection. Amberley Museum.
  11. "Narrow Gauge and Industrial Railway Collection". Retrieved 2007-05-13.
  12. Smithers, Mark (September 1995). "The Railway Treasures of Amberley". Railway World. 57 (664): 33–5.
  13. Smith, D.H. (April 1983). "Brockham Metamorphosis at the Chalk Pits Museum". Narrow Gauge (101): 1–6.
  14. Townsend, J.L. (1980). Townsend Hook and the Railways of the Dorking Greystone Lime Co. Ltd. Betchworth: Brockham Museum. ISBN 0-9504720-4-2.
  15. Smith, David H. (1989). The Groudle Glen Railway. Brighton: Plateway Press. ISBN 1-871980-00-X.
  16. Southdown Omnibus Trust (c. 2004). The Amberley Collection.
  17. "Southdown Bus Garage Project". Archived from the original on 28 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-13.
  18. Lamb, Philip (July 2003). "Before Mary Was Queen". Bus & Coach Preservation. 5 (8): 6–11.
  19. "Crash Gearbox: the website of the Southdown Omnibus Trust". Archived from the original on 16 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-13.
  20. Fermer, Hugh (1995). Machine Tools: a history 1540-1986. Amberley Museum. ISBN 0-9519329-1-8.

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