Emsworth Museum re-opens 
"Funtington Parish In the Past"

Alec Peters Geoff Boyes

On Saturday April 6th 2019, Emsworth Museum reopened for the summer season. Visitors were treated to a comprehensive and excellent presentation of photographs revealing the way of life for people in the 19th and early 20th century living in the Parish of Funtington. The photographs had been donated by local people and the displays organised by Alec Peters and Geoffrey Boyes. Presentation boards showed a variety of photographs, mainly black and white, that depicted life in those times of people from different classes, jobs and professions and the group activities they enjoyed together.

East and West Ashling were two of the villages represented. Photos of West Ashling Mill showed it with its once windmill on the roof. Wartime photos of Funtington school children, the village scouts and cricket teams were displayed as well as scenes from Funtington Players, who still exist today. The well- known family, The Snowdens who ran the local store in Funtington were represented. There were also photographs showing life in Oakwood and East Stoke. The photographs revealed a different kind of life to that of the 21st century. There was a formality of dress, transport was usually by horse, any cars on display would nowadays be considered vintage. There were fun occasions especially at events organised by The Bonfire Boys, with a large gathering attending Bonfire Night with dancing and Maypole dancing being added attractions. Life in the villages was very varied and the exhibition gave an insight into the work and play of Sussex villagers in the 1900s

The Exhibition can be seen on Saturdays and Easter Monday 10.30am - 4.30pm, Sundays 2.30pm - 4.30pm and St Georges Day (23rd April) 10am - 2pm 

Sue Young