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Museum reopens after major redevelopment

Petersfield Museum has reopened after a major £4 million redevelopment.

Buildings, exhibitions and programmes have been transformed, and a new outdoor space created in the courtyard.

The museum tells the story of Petersfield and its neighbouring villages over the last ten thousand years. It brings to life the changes and challenges that have impacted on society, particularly over recent centuries, and the differences they can make to a place and the people that live there.

The redevelopment means the museum is able to show far more than ever before. Visitors will be able to learn more through new galleries charting life in rural England from the Palaeolithic era to the modern day. a glimpse into the harshness of Victorian justice and how things have changed today through the original courtroom and police cells that form part of the site of the museum, and examples of period dress.

Dan McWilliam, Museum Director, said: “What started as a small collection of objects in a single room just over 22 years ago, is now a great example of a modern museum that reflects the history and stories of its local communities. It also tells the story of the place and how it has developed over time through the work of the talented and creative people that lived here.

“Petersfield Museum is a great family day out for those who want to know more about their surrounding area but also tells a more universal story of change and development that we can all relate to. We are really looking forward to welcoming people back so they can enjoy the transformation that has taken place here.”

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