Last Saturday I headed to Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. Having taken very little advance notice of the details, I merrily allowed the museum to unfold before me as I wandered happily round. It was great to have no expectations, and a total surprise to find tools and weapons from various corners of the globe. Their Eskimo collection included items quite unlike anything I’ve seen before.
The Museum is currently hosting a show called Rooms for Ideas, in which contemporary jewellery by local group The Line Up was made in response to the each of the rooms in the gallery. I especially enjoyed Jo McAllister’s take on the Wildlife Room in which instruments for viewing and collected were presented in gloriously beaten silver.
A very hearty lunch of rarebit and chips threatened to overwhelm me, but visiting the Old Town in the afternoon was magically reviving. By4 o’clock dusk was creeping round the net huts by the harbour, and even though the funicular railway had closed for the day, there was plenty to enjoy at sea level.
Delving into little streets revealed quirky shops and galleries packed with treasure. Everything from boxes of old tools to collectible books and contemporary glass and ceramics. With one-off cafes and bars in between, what’s not to like? I’m definitely going back.