Explore the amazing stories of the local area!

The history of the local area is over 10,000 years in the making. It is a story of people and their lives which have shaped and continue to shape the history of Petersfield and the surrounding area. Click on the links in the titles below to explore our stories.

Every story has been written with the help of our dedicated volunteers.

The stories are an online version of the tablet texts that can be found in the museum’s galleries. Scroll through these and learn more about topics found in the exhibitions.

Trade and Industry

Discover the local areas links to trade and industry. Find out about the various lost industries of Petersfield and the surrounding area. Also find out about the history of some of Petersfield’s most historic shops and businesses.


Mid-century Petersfield

During the mid-1900s the local area underwent major changes. New buildings were constructed which have forever altered the look and feel of the area. Here you can explore how the area changed over time by looking at schools and buildings.



Discover the history of the area during wartime through the stories of local people and how they coped during war.


Strategic Position 

The local area is in an important location, being near to Portsmouth and not far from London. For centuries this has attracted visitors to the region. Discover the effects that roads and the railway have had on Petersfield and the surrounding area. Explore the history of wealthy landowners and some of their links to slavery and colonialism.


Fairs and Markets 

Discover the importance of markets and fairs to the local community.



Explore the different archaeological finds and ancient buildings discovered in the local area.



Petersfield once had a Magistrates Courthouse and Police Station, where the museum now stands. Explore what life was like carrying out justice in the countryside.


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