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May 2017


THIS MONTH : LATEST DATELINE STORYBOARD: Beachlands


LATEST ON THE TIMELINE : From Bridge Farm to Westham, the untold story of Pevensey School

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The Pevensey Whale, after three years in storage, makes its royal progress to the new annexe in the University Museum of Zoology in Cambridge today—Bay Life, 20 September 2016

The display, in a new architectural annexe, is set to become one of wonders of the modern museum world in this country.

As the story develops, new attention will focus on the Pevensey Haven, where the story began on 13 November 1865, when a coastguard at just after 8:00pm spotted something out at sea.

The Pevensey Whale is one of the largest finback whales in the world ever beached. The whale was the weight of eight double decker buses and 71 feet long. The beaching took place in the Pevensey Haven and was purchased by what has become the University of Cambridge Museum of Zoology.

The ‘monstrous mammal’ as the whale was described at the time, became one of the phenomena of the new steam age. The railway had arrived seven years earlier between Eastbourne and Hastings and upwards of 20,000 people, perhaps even as many as 40,000 people, many of them arriving by train, came to the Pevensey Haven to see the ‘creature’.

It is said that Normans Bay takes its name from a railway company poster that advertised the story.

cwmf42ywiaap7vrThe Pevensey Whale skeleton is to become one of the wonders of the modern museum world in the country with a two storey architect designed annexe already on site in Cambridge.

The skeleton is now being moved into place ready to greet the world when the museum opens.

Talking about the move today (20 September) Mathew Lowe, Collections Manager at the University of Cambridge Museum of Zoology says on his savvy twitter feed, whale whispers, “I have to admit, @whale_whispers looks amazing up here. You folks are in for a treat when @ZoologyMuseum reopens!”

The twitter feed gives a ‘whale’s-eye view of the goings on at the Museum of Zoology, Cambridge before, during and beyond its HLF redevelopment’,

The story which will put little Pevensey on the national history map in a new way, is about to be celebrated locally with the launch of a series of initiatives by the Pevensey Timeline Association.

The University Museum of Zoology in Cambridge opens to the public in early 2017.

Here in Pevensey Bay the plan to promote the story of the Pevensey Whale to a host of new visitors that will want to see where the story began, will launch on the same day.

Previews of new licensed Pevensey Timeline Association products and merchandise will be available to view for local people in the weeks before the launch.


IMAGE CREDIT: Nicholas Hare Architects
IMAGE CREDIT: Magnets and Tote Bags, University of Cambridge Museum of Zoology