The First World War

Otherwise known as the Great War, the First World War erupted in 1914, following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. His murder fuelled a war across Europe that lasted a total of 4 years, ending in 1918.

The conflict saw Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire (the Central Powers) fight against Allied nations Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Romania, Japan and the United States.

World War I saw an unprecedented number of deaths (thought to be more than 16 million!) and an unbelievable amount of damage.

Remembered for the loss of life and destruction, but also for the trenches and new weapon technology, the home front and the role of women, the music and poetry.

The First World War stands out as a war like no other, having changed the course of history so dramatically. Newhaven and its Fort played an important role, when the harbour assumed huge importance, shipping 6 million tons of supplies to France. The Fort established itself as a part of a network of defences that included gunboats, thousands of soldiers and a seaplane base in Seaford Bay.

Our highly praised exhibition explores all aspects of the events leading up to, during and after the tragic events of the First World War, displaying interactive elements that transport you back in time.


All of our standard entry tickets are valid for 12 months and allow free return visits during seasonal opening hours.