Museum Tells True Story Behind Littlehampton's Wicked Little Letters Blockbuster

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The movie, in cinemas now stars Olivia Colman and Timothy Spall and tells the story of a falling out between two friends who lived in Littlehampton in the 1920s.

To celebrate the spotlight shining on the town, The team at Littlehampton Museum say they are delighted to open a new micro-exhibition in the Museum Reception, exploring the true story behind the Wicked Little Letters film.

The falling out of two friends living in Western Road, Littlehampton in the 1920s led to a fascinating and bizarre series of events, involving libellous letters, false accusations, and prison sentences.

Curated by one of the Museum volunteers, and featuring local characters and places, this exhibit reveals details of the real-life case - the police investigations, the multiple trials and the convictions.

“At times this case is scarcely believable, with its twisting ‘whodunnit’ plot.” said Councillor Sean Lee, Chair of Littlehampton Town Council’s Community Resources Committee, “but it is all true and set against a backdrop of town life in Littlehampton in the 1920s.” The exhibition runs from the 20 January 2024 until the 26 March 2024 and is free to visit. More details can be found online at

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