Museum Refurbishment

Petersfield Museum purchased the town’s Victorian Police Station in 2016. As soon as the keys were exchanged at the beginning of October, the work started! Workmen tore out much of the internal furniture and walls to make the site suitable for the museum’s purpose. The first floor has been converted to stores for the collections, the new Edward Thomas Study Centre, and offices for the staff. The ground floor now has a new shop and reception area, and two new galleries.

Before

Working on transforming the old Police Station.

After

Looking good!

Everyone has worked extremely hard to allow the museum to open this April – but this is only the beginning!

Petersfield Museum is delighted to have received initial development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for their “Pathways into Petersfield’s Past” project. Work on this four-year project has already started and it is currently envisaged that the ‘new’ museum complex will be completed in 2021.

Development funding of £182,000 has been awarded to help Petersfield Museum progress their plans to apply for a full grant of £1.5m at a later date.

The project aims to carry out essential conservation work to the historic buildings whilst internal conversions and the addition of a new building linking the police station and the courthouse will provide additional high quality exhibition space for existing and new collections. The creation of a Victorian Justice Heritage site will connect people with the history of the buildings and their original use whilst being part of a more widely planned educational programme, including the first public Edward Thomas Study Centre in the UK. Importantly the design of the buildings with level access to all collections on one site will provide viewing for everyone for the first time in the museum’s history. Throughout the four-year project there will be many opportunities for volunteers to become involved and, where appropriate, training given to enhance skills and interest such as helping to care for the collections, assisting with the education programme and research.

We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. Since 1997, Petersfield Museum has been working with the community and exploring how we relate to our local history. By showcasing exhibits with connections to the landscape, our rich cultural traditions and Petersfield’s history as a market town, the new museum will become a hub for those who want to learn more or who are moved to explore the landscape that has inspired so many before them.

Jeremy Mitchell, fundraising trustee from Petersfield Museum