The Curtis Museum’s Childhood Gallery needs your help.

The Curtis Museum in Alton is home to one of the finest local history collections in Hampshire, exploring 100 million years of the region’s past. Permanent exhibitions include a rare Roman enamel cup, ancient Saxon burials, the 1643 Battle of Alton - with a Civil War era helmet, breastplate and sword - and the notorious tale of Sweet Fanny Adams. There’s also a regular programme of events, complete with family-friendly and educational activities.

The museum’s Childhood Gallery showcases a small sample of the 5,000 items in our toy collection, and is packed with objects spanning three centuries including toys, dolls, games and jigsaw puzzles. Although regularly used by our local community; the gallery is approximately 30 years old and in need of updating and repair.

Our aim is to raise enough money so that we can redevelop the gallery into a modern and exciting hub for families. The gallery will see the introduction of new items from the toy collection in updated display cases, accompanied with new interpretation and interactive toys. The space will also be opened up to become more flexible enabling a wider variety of family and reminiscence activities.

With the newly redeveloped Childhood Gallery, families will be able to reconnect with their local heritage, learning and exploring in an exciting and inspiring space. With your support we could reach hundreds of families and continue to open doors for everyone to be inspired by culture.

How you can help

There are a number of ways you can support us: Download an application form and return to us either via email or by post, follow our campaign, donate on Facebook, or fill in the form below:


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