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Smugglers Exhibition Novium

Cutlasses & Contraband; A Smuggler's Tale

Launching this November at The Novium Museum, our new exhibition; 'Cutlasses & Contraband; A Smuggler's Tale will explore the history of smuggling in the Chichester District, from the popular types of contraband goods to the cunning ways in which smugglers concealed them.

You'll be able to delve into some colourful local stories of smuggling from the Chichester District, in particular the infamous story of the Hawkhurst Gang.

The exhibition will feature an illuminating set of objects from The Novium's own collections. These include a smugglers talisman, a cutlass, copper printing plates telling the story of the Hawkhurst Gang's raid on Poole Customs House as well as loans from the West Sussex Record Office and Littlehampton Museum.