Our Heritage Lottery Fund-supported Gateway Project, which delivered our new visitor centre last year, has many different facets. The latest developments will be delivered around Easter-time and are two very special Family Hubs.
At Hambrook barn the focus will be on play, for all ages. With a colourful backdrop and props, you can let your imagination run wild as you act out stories of adventure based on our themes of historical buildings and the countryside.
Also in this space you will be able to enjoy simple traditional games that are popular with adults as well as children – as this is undercover this will be ideal if the weather is a little inclement outside!
The second hub will open in the medieval house from Sole Street, which will have hands-on science as its focus. Inside, you can try your hand at various construction challenges, with concepts you will recognise from exhibits and activities from all around the Museum.
Outside, we will examine the natural environment – close up and in detail – as well as information about the fantastic and beautiful South Downs landscape within which the Museum sits.
Each area will have elements that change at different times of the year, so there will always be something familiar and something new to enjoy.
Also, look out this season for the development of our new exhibition space within Longport farmhouse, which previously housed the Museum entrance and shop.
The opening display, until early September 2018, will centre on rarely seen images from our archives of the Museum’s development from its earliest days.
These images were researched and chosen by Hannah Keen, who worked at the Museum in 2016–17 as the Heritage Lottery Fund Collections Trainee.
Please check our website regularly for further details as the season unfurls.