Coronavirus Information

Update 11 May 2020

To all our customers and supporters

As the lockdown continues, albeit with some limited easing of restrictions, our 23 venues across Hampshire remain closed. This closure will stay in place for our museums, galleries and Hampshire Wardrobe until 30 June at the earliest. Although the summer season at our three arts centres has been cancelled, we are offering classes online which can be booked at

But we are now looking ahead to when we can re-open our doors and welcome you back. We will of course follow all government guidance on social distancing and other measures to ensure we restrict the spread of Covid-19. We will also go above and beyond that advice to ensure that when you come back to our venues, you will not only find a warm welcome, but a place where you can feel reassured that we are taking every precaution possible to ensure your safety as well as that of our staff and volunteers.

We will update you as soon as we possibly can on when we are able to re-open our venues and the measures that we will be putting in place when we do. Until then, we continue to bring the very best of our cultural activity to you wherever you are in Culture on Call. Here, you can explore insights into local history, discover fun things to make and do at home, exhibitions, curious objects from our collections and much more.

We’re also asking you to tell us how you feel about the lockdown, coronavirus and the effect it is having on you in Lockdown: Open Up . Whether you’re worried and struggling, or upbeat and chipper, reach out and say something. Do visit Culture On Call to find out more.

Finally, as an arts and heritage charity, we are like so many people and businesses facing uncertainty in our future funding given the current situation. We are appreciative of the continued support and generosity of all our customers and supporters. Any donation you can give will help us keep people connected.

Thank you all and stay well.

Yours, Paul

Paul Sapwell
CEO, Hampshire Cultural Trust


About Us

Hampshire Cultural Trust was established as an independent charity in 2014 to promote Hampshire as a county that offers outstanding cultural experiences to both its residents and visitors.

From museums to galleries to arts centres, we manage and support 23 attractions across the county that were previously operated by Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council.

We run a huge variety of workshops, classes, events and projects for both young and old, in schools and in communities, with particular emphasis on reaching people who are vulnerable or disadvantaged and would not normally be able to access arts and culture. In addition, we care for 2.5 million objects that relate to Hampshire’s rich and internationally important cultural heritage.

Our vision

To create inspirational cultural experiences in Hampshire that enrich and transform lives

Our mission

Our mission is to provide great arts, heritage, museums and creative programming, working closely with local and national partners, and placing communities, our collections and their stories at the heart of everything we do.

Our goals

  • To provide high-quality programmes and venues that engage diverse audiences and inspire local pride
  • To improve wellbeing, health and happiness through cultural experiences
  • To deliver a sustainable future for culture in Hampshire, contributing to the local economy and building stronger communities  
  • To create fulfilling employment and volunteering opportunities through culture