ARUNDEL MUSEUM More than a museum


Arundel Museum is delighted to announce that it recieved The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), 2016.

The museum was notified of the award by the Lord-Lieutenant's Office:

"I am writing to inform you that Arundel Museum Society Volunteers was nominated for The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2016. This award was created by The Queen in 2002 to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is the MBE for volunteer groups. The work your group does for the community was very much admired by the independent Assessment Committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE and I am delighted to inform you that your group has been selected as a recipient for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) 2016. The award of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016 represents a tremendous achievement for your organisation. We hope that everyone involved, and particularly your volunteers, feel immensely proud of the recognition that this Award represents."

The Queen's representative, Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper, presented the museum with a certificate, signed by the Queen and a commemorative crystal, now proudly housed in the museum foyer.

Further information about The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service can be found at,

Arundel Museum is delighted to announce that it was a Winner in the Public & Community Category of this year's Sussex Heritage Trust Awards
The judges’ citation was as follows:
“Arundel's new Museum perfectly meets its brief, namely 'to create a durable building of quality which responded appropriately to the setting in terms of townscape and history and to budget'.  The available space led to a tapered riverside elevation and nautical references, while the walls of flint and brickwork reflect the character of the surrounding built environment.  We regret the use of prefabricated flint panels, rather than authentic flintwork, but the overall impression is not displeasing.  Generally, workmanship is of a high standard and the choice of materials is appropriate.  The displays inside the museum are well-designed and informative, enabling the visitor to gain a real understanding of the town's history.  This significant project was delivered by a dedicated band of volunteers, whose work should be applauded.”
Further information about the Sussex Heritage Trust can be found on their website,


Arundel Museum has been awarded a Highly Commended Award in the New Buildings Category of the inaugural Civic Voice Design Awards.

This local museum is one of just 12 national schemes recognised for their contribution to improving the quality of built environment. Presented by Griff Rhys Jones, Civic Voice President, with Civic Voice being the national charity for the civic movement, this award recognises what can be achieved when both national and local government engage effectively with the professions and the communities they serve showing that the UK can lead the way by learning from these success stories.