There are three permanent galleries at the museum, each dedicated to a period in the life of Fareham. Many of the objects on display have been donated by local people.
Travel from prehistory through to the age of the Stuarts in this gallery which has as its centrepiece a floor-mounted map of the area showing significant events, buildings and stories. Here, you can find out about the impact of the Black Death on the borough, view archaeological finds from the Iron, Bronze and Stone ages, and don’t miss one of the museum’s highlights, a Roman lead curse tablet found in the river Hamble.
Fareham’s population boomed from around 800 at the end of the 1600s to over 14,000 in 1901. In this gallery, you’ll discover more about some of the people who lived in the town during the 18th and 19th centuries, from high-ranking officers dwelling in the town’s fine high-street homes to prisoners in the hulks moored in Fareham Creek. It was during this period that Fareham emerged as a world leader in brick production – in fact, highly fashionable Fareham Reds were used to build the Royal Albert Hall.
In 1956, Titchfield’s Peter Twiss became the fastest man on earth, flying his jet at speeds of 1132 miles per hour. Here, you can find out more about his story, including his 1963 appearance alongside Sean Connery in the Bond film From Russia with Love. From the town’s fame as the home of the strawberry, to its little-known part in in putting the first man on the moon, to its modern high street, discover the changing face of Fareham in the 20th and 21st centuries.