The Midhurst Museum, possibly the smallest museum in the world, opened its doors in Knockhundred Market, Midhurst in December 2011 at the Christmas Street Party. At 8’ 6’’ by 8’ 6’’ space is limited so we decided to change the theme of the display in the Museum every month and this helps to keep our visitors interested in what is going on!

Wartime - November 2012

Local brothers Dave and Tim Rudwick have been collectors for many years, Tim starting with coins and Dave with stamps.  During the 1960s Dave started taking photos of buildings that were being pulled down or shops that were having a change of use.

Washing & Laundry - March/April 2012


Tim still continued to collect, but due to lack of space, had the sense to concentrate on Midhurst items and managed to get hold of large quantities of old documents relating to the Town and the Trades that flourished in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries

Royalty - June 2012

Checking the number of “collections” Dave had accumulated, it was realised that there were enough to furnish it for at least three years without a repeat.

Norman Midhurst - May 2013

Dave and Tim are still actively collecting and both have now embarked on cataloguing and recording the thousands of items in their possession.


Our themes are intended to represent a local flavour and are intended to inform and advise our visitors of what life was like in the period displayed or to commemorate notable events and anniversaries.

Sewing and Needlework - October 2013

The Museum is run entirely by volunteers who offer their time and expertise for the love of being involved!

Knockhundred Market is a great place to visit with Cockburn’s Tea Rooms and Shoppe as well as our Museum!