It’s not really a museum. It’s a house that has been restored, redecorated, furnished and equipped as if it were 1910,
when it was the home of Mrs. Mary Cummings.
Mary was the tenant of 346 High Street from 1901 to 1930, and the reconstruction takes account of the living memories of Mary’s time here, her Irish Catholic background and her work as a seamstress at home and at Petworth House.
We have always aimed to make the place feel as if Mrs. Cummings has just stepped out. The range is lit, the table is
laid for tea, the kettle is boiling. Tens of thousands of visitors have come since we first opened in 1996. Mos have found it very nostalgic or very educational (depending on age!). We hope you will too.
The museum is staffed by friendly volunteer stewards. Friends of the museum receive a free guide book and free pass in return for an annual donation. If you would like to become a steward or Friend please use any of our contact details to get in touch. The Friends application form can also be downloaded from our website.