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

Our vision is to create world-class 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 create treasured cultural showcases that attract visitors and inspire local pride
  • To play a central role in developing communities and belonging, accessible to all
  • To be confident and enterprising, with the agility to adapt towards a thriving future
  • To create great places where people love to work and volunteer

Read our strategic plan to find out more about our vision for culture in Hampshire.