At the very heart of Petersfield Museum’s £3.75m expansion and refurbishment project, ‘Pathways into the Past’ will be a showpiece artwork that really puts the Museum on the map.

Within the courtyard floor will be a bird’s eye design inspired by the town and surrounding villages within a 22 mile radius, most of which is in the South Downs National Park.

Designed in-house, the piece is currently being produced at HardScape in Bolton, and is being made from 2 colours of granite, (shipped from China in November last year). This innovative ‘destination map’ will be embedded with 21 stainless steel icons representing the surrounding villages’ unique characteristics and a brass ‘keys of St. Peter’ icon to symbolise Petersfield, all of which will glint in the sunlight, and entice visitors to go out, explore and enjoy the wonderful local landscapes.

The courtyard will be a unique and distinctive space – a hub for al-fresco performances, creative activities, café tables with cake and coffee from The Servery, the Yardfest festival, film screenings, carol singing … multiple events to bring the community together.