Pathways into the Past Project

A fully re-imagined Petersfield Museum will open its doors in 2020, if we can raise the remaining funds we need. We have just over £300,000 left to raise towards this £2.8millon building project.

Vital support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has brought us to this point, enabling us to develop the scope of our ambition. We can leverage a matched funding HLF grant towards the buildings if we can raise £1.2 million ourselves. This is the last push to make all of this happen:

     *  21st Century museum facilities that also preserve our Victorian Judiciary site that includes the ‘Old County Police Station’ and the ‘Magistrate’s Courthouse’. They are a prime example of social justice for school children to experience, complete with ‘clinking’ cells

     *  A modern link gallery building between the police station and the courthouse for a permanent exhibition about the area and its history

     *  A new Edward Thomas Study Centre for our most accomplished and celebrated local writer and poet, to house over 1000 books, objects and pictures

     *  Wheel friendly accessible spaces, a central courtyard and a multi-use learning space for activity groups, that can transform into a 50-seat lecture hall for dedicated talks and hire

Transforming Petersfield Museum into a more valuable and prominent cultural visitor attraction for the town and the area will bring additional commerce as well as better enable the museum to preserve the area’s collections, which span over 10,000 years of history.

You can support our endeavour in a number of ways including our Scales of Giving and Name a Brick initiatives.

Contact the Curator, Katherine Mills at if you would like to know more.