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Current heritage projects

Throughout the year we run a number of special heritage themed projects and events for our community.

Here’s a selection of some of the things we’re currently working on.

The Story of

This autumn, The Spring has been given the opportunity to research and record the history of Scalextric to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its creation. The iconic motor racing game was invented in Havant in 1956, and went on to become one of Britain's best loved toys for generations. The project includes:

Upper Mezzanine Exhibition

Monday 26 September - Saturday 24 December

Exhibition following the story of Scalextric and the company that created it, Minimodels Ltd.

Local Collection Cabinet Display

Saturday 1 October - Wednesday 30 November

A display of the iconic Scalextric cars.


Click here to read more information on the project. 

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

Havant’s Gazebo Garden

Havant’s Gazebo Garden is an 18th Century gazebo building and garden in the Pallant car park in Havant.

Working in partnership with the Havant Civic Society we are currently applying for funding to re-invigorate this small public garden for community use. We plan to re-plant based on the original design and plants and develop and display information about the history of the garden.

Heritage Open Days and Museums at Night

Every year we welcome hundreds of people to our themed open days and Museums at Night events. They feature a variety of free activities and fun for all the family.

We hold an Open Day each Autumn and past themed have included the Tudors, St George’s Day, the Hayling Billy line and the Olympics.

Our Museums at Night events are linked to the National Museums at Night celebration and see us open until midnight. They take place in May each year and previous themes have included Ghosts in the Museum and VE Day: Let’s Party Like it’s 1945. Our Museums At Night event for 2016 took place on Friday 13 May with the theme 'The Dark Room'.

Keep an eye on the What’s On section for details.