Bexhill Museum was founded in 1914 by Kate Marsden (an explorer and pioneering nurse) and the Reverend J. C. Thompson. Much of the fundraising and acquisiton of objects was due to Marsden's efforts and she succeded in convincing Dr. Walter Amsden to donate his Egyptian collection. Controversy concerning Marsden's journey to Siberia and her sexuality led to her resignation from the board.
Marsden petitioned local buisnesses, Bryant and May, Fry's (ie Cadburys) and Coleman's. The Coleman family collected Egyptian antiquities and donated material to the Norwich Castle Museum.