The Gateway Project

The Gateway Project is our most ambitious development project, and will transform your experience from the moment you arrive, with a fantastic new waterside café, shop and visitor centre.

About the Project

The project is now nearing completion. The building contractors, Pilbeam Construction Ltd, are working towards completing the complex of buildings, with fitting out taking place over the winter months. It is our plan to open the entrance, shop and introductory galleries at Easter 2017 and the waterside cafe later in the spring. If you have any questions about the project, please contact us.

Read about the site works that are taking place at the Museum.

A better Museum

New visitor facilities, including an attractive café and visitor centre, will make a visit to the Museum more relaxing and enjoyable. Improved signage, trails and historical interpretation across the site will help all of our visitors make the most of what the Museum has to offer. In addition, the new learning and community space (adjoining the café) will extend our facilities for our many education and local interest groups.

Fresh interpretation

New interpretation within the galleries and the Museum site will enhance your understanding of the Museum and its purpose. Two new areas for families will offer hands-on interactive displays, which encourage activity and learning for all ages. Links to the South Downs National Park will help you to understand the connection between the landscape and the rural buildings of our area.

Three new exhibits

The new development has released three important vernacular buildings from their functional purposes as visitor centre, café servery and refectory. Sole Street hall house has been moved and reconstructed, Longport farmhouse will become a new gallery space and the Pallingham Quay wagon shed will be moved to a new site at the Museum in 2018. Each will have its architecture and social history fully explored for the first time, providing three new exhibit buildings ready to be discovered.

We are very excited about this next exciting chapter in the life of the Museum – see our blog for updates.

If you have any queries, please get in touch with our team via [email protected].

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