Museum

Welcome to the Museum…

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The exhibition of local artifacts dates back beyond the original Roman settlements through to recent times.  Many of the artifacts will be familiar to visitors of the previous Museum and include: the stocks and whipping post, Scalextric, St Faith’s Church Turret Clock, Stents leather, a 1900’s police truncheon and much more.

The History of the Borough of Havant is divided into themes:

  • Archaeology of early Havant
  • Sport & Leisure
  • Havant at War
  • Health & Well-being
  • Industry, Transport, Shipping and Childhood
  • Decade of the 1950’s

In addition visitors can:

  • Apply to display their own artefacts in the bespoke Private Collection Cases
  • Step inside a 1950’s kitchen and lounge with original 1950’s artefacts celebrating the building of the Leigh Park Estate in the late forties
  • Experience a timeline telling the history of the Borough of Havant
  • Make use of an activities table for small children

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There are many artefacts of the local history of the Havant Borough.  Imagine what is was like to race the Penny-farthing bicycle and step inside the 1950s kitchen to see how families lived in post war Leigh Park.  Local businesses that shaped the history of Havant, such as Kenwood, the glove making industry, and the railway, are all represented in our permanent local collection.  The chimes of the St Faiths Church clock can be heard whilst you examine the stocks used in medieval times for torture and public humiliation or even as you study the intricate Automata.

The Research Room with its local archive and map collection has been moved to a bigger space and has been greatly improved with the help and support of the Friends of Havant Museum. It is an area to study local history and has two internet access computers for research purposes.  We also have a membership to www.ancestry.com which the public are welcome to use for FREE.

Developed as a partnership between The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre and Hampshire County Council Museums & Archives Service.

For more information visit: www.hants.gov.uk/museums