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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.

Havant and Waterlooville Football Club

Photo credit: Martyn White

The Spring has been awarded a £57,100 National Lottery grant through the Heritage Lottery Fund to record and celebrate the history of Havant and Waterlooville Football Club.

The project will tell the story of the club since the merger of Havant FC and Waterlooville FC in 1998 and also track the development of football in the borough following the formation of Havant FC in 1883.

Stories of fans, staff and players will be collected by volunteers and used to create a book and short documentary film and a group of young people will also be mentored by film production company Millstream Productions to make a second film focusing on Havant and Waterlooville’s famous FA Cup run ten years ago.

The documentary films will feature as part of a temporary exhibition at The Spring in 2019 and an interactive exhibit will also be created to enable the story of the football club to be recorded permanently in our museum.

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.

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