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Hampshire cultural trust is launched

Councils hand over keys to county’s arts and museum assets as new trust pledges to make Hampshire a world-class venue for culture.

A significant change in the way Hampshire’s council-owned museums, galleries and arts centres are run is set to take place on Saturday 1 November 2014.

From that day, Hampshire Cultural Trust will take over the operation and funding of all venues in order to boost the county’s cultural offering and make Hampshire a world-class destination for art and culture. Buildings, assets and collections belonging to the Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council will be leased to the Trust

It is anticipated that the move will not only safeguard the long-term future of Hampshire’s cultural venues for future generations, but also help Winchester City and Hampshire County Councils to save money by placing responsibility for all sites under one charitable trust. As a larger organisation, the Trust will be able to generate significant additional investment, have access to external grants and donations and therefore reduce dependency on local authority funding.

Hampshire Cultural Trust champions world-class culture and exists to showcase, connect and empower Hampshire’s creative economy. The independent charity works collaboratively to bring organisations, people and ideas together for greater impact.

Hampshire Cultural Trust will work with all individual venues, which include Winchester’s City Museum, Milestones in Basingstoke and The Forest Arts Centre in New Milton, to boost their offerings, increase visitor numbers and make them more profitable. All staff will be transferred to the employment of the Trust.

Janet Owen, Executive Officer of Hampshire Cultural Trust, said:

This is an incredibly exciting time for arts and culture in Hampshire. The county has so much to offer culturally, both to residents and visitors, and our aim is to build on the fantastic success of what is already on our doorstep and elevate our portfolio into something world-class that has the power to transform people’s lives.

Councillor Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said:

We are very proud of Hampshire’s heritage and all that our museums service has achieved in looking after its world class collections and unique heritage.  I am truly delighted that Hampshire’s museums, arts and cultural services have this opportunity to grow and flourish, bringing in more visitors to the local economy at the same time as being able to offer more for Hampshire’s residents.

Councillor Rob Humby, Leader of Winchester City Council, said:

Museums and art galleries are a key element of Winchester’s and Hampshire’s visitor economy and the new Hampshire Cultural Trust is set to boost their contribution still further.  In the Winchester district we had 5.5m visitors in 2013 and the economic value of tourism has grown by £100m over the past five years - the cultural sector is a major contributor to these figures.
Councils hand over keys to county’s arts and museum assets as new trust pledges to make Hampshire a world-class venue for culture

A significant change in the way Hampshire’s council-owned museums, galleries and arts centres are run took place on Saturday 1 November 2014.

From that day, Hampshire Cultural Trust took over the operation and funding of all venues in order to boost the county’s cultural offering and make Hampshire a world-class destination for art and culture.

Launch of Hampshire Cultural Trust

It is anticipated that the move will not only safeguard the long-term future of Hampshire’s cultural venues for future generations, but also the Trust will work with all individual venues, which include Winchester’s City Museum, Milestones in Basingstoke and The Forest Arts Centre in New Milton, to boost their offerings, increase visitor numbers and make them more profitable.

Janet Owen, Executive Officer of Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for arts and culture in Hampshire. The county has so much to offer culturally, both to residents and visitors, and our aim is to build on the fantastic success of what is already on our doorstep and elevate our portfolio into something world-class that has the power to transform people’s lives.”

Launch of Hampshire Cultural Trust

Archive Deposit at the Willis Museum

At the request of David Wilson Homes, they formally handed over some of the archaeological archive from Marnel Park and Merton Rise, Popley, Basingstoke, at the Willis Museum recently. Excavations by Wessex Archaeology (between 2004 and 2008) revealed evidence for Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman activity. Particularly significant were the 15 timber-built roundhouses dating to the Bronze Age/Iron Age transition. Other finds included Roman pottery from a variety of sources, jewellery and a Kimmeridge shale bracelet.

Archive being deposited at the Willis Museum

Simon Kirk, David Wilson Homes; Lorraine Mepham & Catherine Coates, Wessex Archaeology; and Dave Allen from the Trust complete the handover.  
Photo © David Wilson Homes

A Tasty New Partnership

On December 11th 2014 Hampshire Cultural Trust announced it is in partnership with Hampshire Fare, the county’s local food group. The partnership will see the organisations working collaboratively, through practical projects, to champion Hampshire as a world-class county.

Hampshire Cultural Trust, which was launched on November 1, operates and funds Hampshire’s museums, galleries and arts centres. It exists to showcase, connect and empower Hampshire’s creative economy and works collaboratively to bring organisations, people and ideas together for greater impact, with customer focus at its core.

Hampshire Fare aims to promote the wide range of local food, drink and craft in the county, supporting and developing those businesses, including farmers, producers, retailers and hospitality providers, who contribute to Hampshire’s rural and local economy.

Both independent organisations share the same vision and belief to champion Hampshire as a centre of cultural excellence and activity.

Janet Owen, Chief Executive of Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce our new partnership with Hampshire Fare. We both promote the rich tapestry of culture in the county – from food and art and crafts, to architecture and heritage - and we are very proud to collaborate with an organisation who shares the same fundamental beliefs and vision as us.”

Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager at Hampshire Fare, added: “At Hampshire Fare we consider this partnership to represent a very exciting opportunity. We are both promoting the abundance of good things about Hampshire, and in terms of attracting visitors and interest, Hampshire’s heritage, varied landscape and excellent food and drink are all essential components of the county’s appeal both nationally and internationally. We are therefore looking forward to a very productive and proactive partnership; we already have many interesting and exciting plans in place.”

To find out more about Hampshire Fare visit www.hampshirefare.co.uk  

Soldiers' Journey Exhibition Prize Draw Presentation

Yesterday at Winchester Discovery Centre, it was our great pleasure to present the winner of our Soldiers' Journey exhibition prize draw, Tracie Knight, with her prize of a solid silver stirrup and webbing and leather pouch.

Presenting prize

Presenting prize

This solid silver stirrup and presentation pouch was designed by leading British jeweller Sian Evans to symbolise a fallen soldier and his horse abandoned on the battlefield. We're sure that Tracie will cherish it as a permanent reminder of the role of the horses in the First World War and that it will become a family heirloom.

Prize

Bricks in Motion aircraft lands at Southampton Airport

A Flybe Q400 Dash 8 aircraft was brought to life from 26-30 January at Southampton Airport.

Lego model at Southampton Airport

Bright Bricks, the UK based professional LEGO building company, in collaboration with Hampshire Cultural Trust's - Milestones Living History Museum, Southampton Airport and Flybe, used over 15,000 LEGO bricks to build a model of the iconic Q400 Dash 8 aircraft in the airport's passenger terminal for 5 days. The airplane model is at 1:20 scale, measuring approximately 1.8 m long with a wingspan of 1.4m.

 

Neil Garwood, Head of Customer Service at Southampton Airport, said

"We are honoured to be working with Hampshire Cultural Trust, Bright Bricks and Flybe on this unusual project. Our passengers are bound to be fascinated by the live build and we are delighted to be able to support and promote this wonderful attraction in our region"

This live build marked the start of the Hampshire Cultural Trust's latest event 'Bricks in Motion: The history of transport in LEGO (R) bricks', which will take place between February 25 - April 26 at Milestones Museum, Basingstoke.

As part of the trust's commitment to bring culture and heritage to new audiences, visitors to the event will have the opportunity to see a wide variety of scale model icons of transport in LEGO bricks, from both the past and future. The event will even see a giant, live build of a space rocket - built by Bright Bricks - come to life alongside the vintage cars, trucks, buses and steam engines in the collection on the period streets of the museum.

Janet Owen, Chief Executive Officer of Hampshire Cultural Trust, said:

"We are very proud to work collaboratively with such great organisations for this project. We urge Hampshire residents to visit and get a sneak-peak of what's in store for the Bricks in Motion event that kicks off in February"

The finished LEGO aircraft model will be on display at Southampton Airport's passenger terminal until Sunday 22 February and then can be seen at Milestones Museum at the Bricks in Motion event from 25 February to 26 April 2015.

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