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
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
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. Most
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.