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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.

Kenwood in Havant

The kitchen appliance manufacturer Kenwood moved its entire operation from Woking to Havant in 1962 and has been a major employer in the town ever since. Our exhibition tells the story of Kenwood and the iconic products that helped spark a domestic revolution in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s. The exhibition includes a documentary film including interviews with former and current employees, who will tell stories about their working and social lives at Kenwood and track the way the company has developed since it first arrived in New Lane more than half a century ago.

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.