Petersfield Museum reopens after major redevelopment

by | Jul 3, 2021 | Heritage Spaces, Newsfeed

Petersfield Museum in Hampshire is throwing open its doors to visitors again on Wednesday 9th June after a major £4 million redevelopment. The project to convert the former police station and courthouse into a museum was supported through its development stage with a grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund.

Subsequently awarded £1,704,900 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, alongside grants from a wide range of funders and donors, the buildings, exhibitions and programmes have been transformed, and an exciting new outdoor space created in the courtyard.

The new museum features:

  • A film featuring Museum Patron Daniel Day Lewis reading the poetry of Edward Thomas creates a sense of history and place about Petersfield’s location in the South Downs National Park
  • New galleries charting life in rural England from the Palaeolithic era to the modern day
  • The original courtroom and police cells that form part of the site of the Museum
  • The Edward Thomas Study Centre, created in partnership with the Edward Thomas Fellowship

Dan McWilliam, Museum Director said: “What started as a small collection of objects in a single room just over 22 years ago, is now a great example of a modern museum that reflects the history and stories of its local communities.”

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