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100 awe-inspiring photographs from The Natural History Museum’s world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition will be on display to the public at the Gallery @ Gosport Discovery Centre this summer.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition opened at the Gallery, which is run by the Hampshire Cultural Trust, on 9 July, and will run until 3 September. Admission to the exhibition is free of charge.

This touring exhibition, which is on loan from the Natural History Museum, showcases the very best wildlife imagery in the world, from captivating animal behaviour to breathtaking natural landscapes.

The photographs illustrate the abundance, majesty, and vulnerability of life whether on land, sea or sky. From intimate portraits to layered motion stills, they blend startling visuals, compelling narratives, and a passion for the natural world.


Janet Owen, Chief Executive of Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: "We are thrilled to be hosting this prestigious exhibition once again. It is a fantastic showcase for some of the natural world's most astonishing and challenging sights, and an honour for Gosport to be part of the exhibition's international tour, which allows the photographs to be seen by millions of people across the world."

Wildlife Photographer of the Year has provided a global platform for images taken across the world for over 50 years.

Launched in 1965, when it attracted just 361 entries, today the competition receives over 42,000 entries from 96 countries, highlighting its enduring appeal. This year’s 100 award-winning images are on an international tour which crosses six continents.


Portrait of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, c.1770-1775, Cosway, Richard, (1742-1821) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

2016 marks 300 years since the birth of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, England's most famous landscape designer, who changed the face of eighteenth century England.

As part of the Capability Brown Festival in Hampshire celebrating this landmark anniversary, Hampshire Gardens Trust is putting on three events at Hampshire Record Office over the summer.


Thursday 30 June 2016, 1:00pm - 1:30pm

An Introductory Lecture to the HGT ‘Brown in Hampshire’ Exhibition

A lunchtime talk by Sally Miller, Chair of the Research Group. Admission is free of charge, no booking required.


Thursday 30 June - Thursday 29 September

Exhibition of Brown Sites in Hampshire By HGT

This exhibition by Hampshire Gardens Trust marks the 300th birthday of landscape architect and gardener, Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. He designed over 170 parks and gardens, several of which can be found in Hampshire. The exhibition is open Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm, and on every first and third Saturday in the month 9:00am - 4:00pm. Admission is free, no booking is required.


Thursday 21 July, 12:30pm - 1:45pm

Lancelot Brown's Kitchen Gardens in Hampshire with Susan Campbell

Brown included kitchen gardens in his landscapes, a fact that is generally overlooked. His landscapes in Hampshire are no exception. This talk examines eight Hampshire examples, with a possible ninth thrown in for good measure. Admission free - donations to Hampshire Gardens Trust welcome on the day.

Susan Campbell has been researching the history of walled kitchen gardens for over 20 years and is a well-known authority on the subject. She leads the Walled Kitchen Gardens Network – click here for the website








Capability Brown: Master of the Landscape is moving to The Sainsbury Gallery at The Willis Museum, Basingstoke, on 18 June.

The exhibition ran from 28 March until 12 June in The Gallery at Winchester Discovery Centre, and welcomed over 10,000 visitors from across the UK through its doors.

The exhibition celebrates the pioneering eighteenth-century landscape designer and was formally opened on 31 March by much-loved television presenter and writer Alan Titchmarsh, a great admirer of Brown’s work.

Also on show at the Willis Museum from 11 June until 23 July, is a complementary exhibition, the Capability Brown Community Exhibition. Students from Hampshire schools and Basingstoke Young Carers have created images, photographs and artwork inspired by Capability Brown's landscapes in this exhibition which is a partnership between Hampshire Cultural Trust, NADFAS and Four Lanes Trust.

2016 marks 300 years since the birth of Capability Brown, England’s most famous landscape designer. Visitors to the fascinating Master of the Landscape exhibition will discover how Brown radically changed the face of 18th century England, and will be able to step into the landscape to reveal his genius and find out what it takes to move a mountain.

Janet Owen, chief executive of Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: “We are delighted to bring Capability Brown: Master of the Landscape to Basingstoke, particularly after its huge success in Winchester.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to come along to view the captivating displays and find out more about this hugely influential figure. The legacy he created is still enjoyed by visitors to his many landscapes both locally and throughout the UK during this, his tercentennial year.”

Admission to Capability Brown: Master of the Landscape is free of charge and opening hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm.

The tercentenary is being celebrated with the Capability Brown Festival 2016: www.capabilitybrown.org



A 700-year-old gold ring found by a metal detectorist in the Winchester area has been acquired for the City Council’s museum collection by the Hampshire Cultural Trust.

The ring has one sapphire and two garnet settings. Its large size, a little more than 20mm in diameter, makes it likely to have belonged to a man rather than a woman.

The metal detectorist submitted the find to the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), run nationally by the British Museum in London.  It was declared treasure by law and offered up for sale.

Hampshire Cultural Trust, which cares for the museum collections of Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council, was able to purchase the ring with substantial grant aid from the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and The Headley Trust, matched by a contribution of £3,000 from Winchester City Council.

“In addition to its age - it is quite unusual to find an object of this type after all this time - there are a number of things which make this ring so important,” explained Helen Rees, Curator of Winchester Archaeology at Hampshire Cultural Trust.

“Objects made of precious metals were often melted down and re-worked, so they were much less likely to survive: most of the rings of a similar age that we curate are made of base metal and much plainer. How such a valuable object came to be sitting in a muddy field is a puzzle that we may eventually solve, although it won’t be easy.”

Cllr Steve Miller, Portfolio Holder for Estates and Local Economy at Winchester City Council, said:

“Winchester City Council is delighted to have acquired this well-crafted, precious and beautiful object.  Metal detectorists play an active role in contributing to museum collections across the country, and I can only guess how exciting it must be to come across a find of this quality.

“Thanks to the good offices of Hampshire Cultural Trust and the financial support of The Headley Trust and Victoria & Albert Museum Purchase Fund, we can keep the ring locally and ensure that residents of this district are able to enjoy it in the future.”

The ring is now with the Hampshire Cultural Trust’s Winchester-based conservators being prepared for display in ‘Births, Battles and Beheadings’, the Royal Blood exhibition at the Gallery at Winchester Discovery Centre, which runs from 5 November 2016 to 8 January 2017.  After that, it will join the other archaeological treasures on permanent display at Winchester City Museum, which are enjoyed by over 50,000 visitors a year and many more online.


The Search for Alfred the Great on Tuesday 14 June kicks off the Royal Blood Summer Lecture Series, a joint venture between Hampshire Cultural Trust and the University of Winchester in association with the Royal Studies Journal.

The first of three lectures in the series, The Search for Alfred the Great is by Dr Katie Tucker, Research Fellow in Human Bioarchaeology at the University of Winchester. The lecture will detail the archaeological, osteological and historical detective work involved in the search for the remains of King Alfred, which featured both in a 2014 BBC Two documentary and a book, In Search of Alfred the Great: The King, The Grave, The Legend, by Katie Tucker and Edoardo Albert.

On Wednesday 22 June, the second lecture focuses on a monarch who has long held a fascination for historians and the general public alike, Elizabeth I.

Estelle Paranque will begin the evening with a talk Daenerys Targaryen and the Shadow of Elizabeth I of England examining the links between Elizabeth and the well-known central character of George R.R. Martin’s historically inspired novels and TV series, Game of Thrones. Carole Levin, internationally noted scholar on Elizabeth I and her era, will give a talk on Elizabeth I and the Art of Doing Biography which will draw together the continued interest in the life of Elizabeth I and the challenges of capturing her life and reign in biographical studies.

The final lecture, on Wednesday 29 June, turns to Eleanor of Castile, the remarkable queen behind England’s greatest medieval king, Edward I, and her half-brother, Alfonso, king of Castile. Delivered by authors Sara Cockerill and Simon Doubleday, the talk will trace the sibling’s interwoven lives, from their childhoods in Andalusia to the height of their power in England and Spain, following the story of their personal passions, their influence and their afterlives in European memory.

The lectures will all take place at the University of Winchester’s King Alfred’s Campus on Sparkford Road and cost £7 per person, with free entry for University of Winchester staff and students. Click here for full details and to book tickets.



Visitors stepped back in time and explored Hampshire’s rich royal history with the coming of the kings at Westbury Manor Museum, Fareham, last weekend.

Throughout the day, there were timed presentations by local Anglo-Saxon re-enactment specialists, Weorod, which included the weaponry of the time and how it may have been used.  Visitors were alsoable to discover more about the history and archaeology of the sixth and seventh centuries, a time when the kingdoms of Kent, Wessex and Mercia fought for control of Hampshire, a time of tribal societies where people wore their wealth and fought for their rank.

A visit to the Heads and Tales exhibition inside the museum offered two different historical periods to explore, Tudor times and the English civil war in the reign of Charles I, as well as a focus on the remarkable Wriothesleys. Supporters of Henry VIII, patrons of Shakespeare, at odds with Elizabeth I and friends with King Charles I, the Wriothesley family lies at rest in nearby Titchfield Church.

Both the Anglo-Saxon Road to Royal Blood and the Heads and Tales exhibition are part of Hampshire Cultural Trust’s Royal Blood programme of re-enactments, exhibitions, performances and workshops taking place across the county throughout 2016, celebrating Hampshire’s rich and illustrious royal heritage, visit http://www.royalbloodhants.co.uk/ for more details.


Hampshire Cultural Trust has received £20,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for Young Blood, an exciting project at the Red House Museum working with young people in and around Christchurch. It will be run in partnership with Forest Arts Centre, Highcliffe Secondary School and CODA Music Centre.

The aim of the project is to help young people find fun and relevant ways to share the original story of one of the area’s most significant monuments, Christchurch Castle. This includes film making, designing interpretation panels, creating models for display, artistic interpretations and event planning. To achieve this, the young people will take part in a research trip to help them begin to shape their ideas, work with museum professionals, artists and film makers, and develop a range of new skills which will help them put their interest in history into practice.

The project will bring together a range of youth and heritage partners to support and train over 50 young people aged between 12 and 18, including 12 young people with additional needs. The young people have been brought together from Highcliffe Secondary School’s year 7, CODA Music and Forest Arts’ Theatre Works 2 and Epic Drama youth groups.

All the young people involved will come together to showcase their work on Saturday 9th July at the Red House Museum. The public are invited to join in their processional performance at Christchurch Castle and take part in a living history event at the museum to mark the opening of a display of their work, which will be displayed throughout the summer.

This project is part of Hampshire’s Big Theme ‘Royal Blood – the Fight for Power in Hampshire’.

‘’Forest Arts are very happy to be part of this exciting local heritage project,” commented Helen Cundy from Forest Arts Centre. “Engaging young people in heritage using the arts is a great way for them to learn about their community and its history.’’

Nerys Watts, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: “HLF believes everyone should have the opportunity to explore their heritage, and thanks to National Lottery support this exciting and creative Young Roots project will bring the history of Christchurch alive for young people in the community.”



The Hampshire Cultural Trust Royal Blood exhibitions team at Andover Museum, (L-R) Claire Woodhead, Conservator; Dave Allen, Curator of Hampshire Archaeology; Mark Fenton, Collections Interpreter; Ioannis Ioannides, Exhibitions Manager.

There are stories of conquest and invasion, love, loss and betrayal across 2400 years of royal rule in Hampshire to discover at Royal Blood: Heads and Tales, a new programme of exhibitions running at six museums throughout the county.

Organised by Hampshire Cultural Trust, the exhibitions feature coins and precious objects preserved from the reigns of Hampshire’s kings and queens, and a special Royal Bloop family trail highlighting humorous but horrible histories.

Visitors will be able to gain an insight into royal loves and lives, battles and deaths, and will also be able to delve deeper into their local history, with a special focus at each museum, such as the Civil War and the Battle of Alton at Alton Museum, the growth of Aldershot as a military centre at Aldershot Military Museum, and the Tudors at Westbury Manor in Fareham.

In the Iron Age and throughout its illustrious history, Hampshire has played a pivotal role in struggles to win the crown of Wessex, and ultimately, England. From the turbulent Middle Ages, into the pomp and pageantry of the Tudor period, through to the dissension and division of the early Stuarts, the county has seen its full share of triumph and disaster. Battles, skirmishes, religious upheavals, dynastic marriages and other intrigues accompanied the fight of the county’s rulers, who often left their mark through coinage: heads, with a myriad of tales.

The Heads and Tales Exhibition opened at Andover Museum on 7 May, and runs to 9 July. It then opens at Westbury Manor Museum, Fareham, 14 May - 16 July; Aldershot Military Museum, 21 May – 24 July; Curtis Museum, Alton, 16 July – 17 September; Red House Museum and Gardens, Christchurch, 23 July – 17 September and Eastleigh Museum, 30 July – 24 September.

Janet Owen, Chief Executive of Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: “We are delighted to bring this fantastic Royal Blood Heads and Tales exhibition to venues around Hampshire this summer. There is so much local history for people of all ages to discover, and these exhibitions present it in a fun and informative way.

“This is a great opportunity for locals and visitors alike to travel back in time with us and be part of this countywide celebration of our rich and royal heritage.”

The trust’s programme Royal Blood: The fight for power in Hampshire will bring to life the reigns of rampaging royals through exhibitions, performances and workshops until 11 March 2017.

To find out more about Royal Blood Heads and Tales Exhibition visit: http://www.royalbloodhants.com/


Image: (L-R) Nick Tripp, Taylor Tripp; Mazen Beidas, Taylor Tripp; Matthew Blake-Pead, R W Armstrong; Richard Taylor, Taylor Tripp; George Green, Taylor Tripp; Grace Hall, R W Armstrong; Robert Adam, ADAM Architecture; Kate Felus; Stuart Pearson, R W Armstrong; Paul Hanvey, ADAM Architecture; Hugh Petter, ADAM Architecture; Nigel Anderson, ADAM Architecture; Simon Lewis, R W Armstrong and Teresa Armstrong, R W Armstrong

Sponsors of Capability Brown: Making the Landscape in the City Space at Winchester Discovery Centre celebrated the exhibition with a glitzy drinks reception last month (April 19).

ADAM Architecture, R W Armstrong and Taylor Tripp hosted the event to toast the opening of Making the Landscape, which reveals how the land was physically transformed under the guiding genius of one man, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. From labourers and foremen, to artisans and engineers, the exhibition explores those who helped Brown to realise his vision of a landscape’s capability.

ADAM Architecture, Taylor Tripp and R W Armstrong, headline sponsors of the exhibition, have together covered the cost of a tree moving machine construction, a trainee architect’s time to research and produce a detailed drawing of an eye-catcher folly, and the fabrication and installation of the drawing in the City Space.

Richard Taylor, Design Director at Taylor Tripp, said: “Helping sponsor this fascinating exhibition is an honour due to our huge admiration for Brown’s enduring influence on the landscape design profession. The harmonious beauty of Brown’s landscapes is a constant source of inspiration. He was a genius whose pioneering use of the tree wagon literally changed the landscape forever.” 

Hugh Petter, Director of ADAM Architecture, added: “We are delighted to be supporting this excellent exhibition about Capability Brown in Winchester. Three hundred years after his birth, he remains as important today as he was in his own time for anyone interested in country houses and their landscape settings.”

Guests were joined by Kate Felus, a designed-landscape historian who specialises in the social history of 18th century gardens and buildings, who spoke about Capability Brown and his work. They also had a chance to view the Capability Brown: Master of the Landscape exhibition in The Gallery at Winchester Discovery Centre, which, since its opening in March, has welcomed over 6000 visitors.

Admission to Capability Brown: Making the Landscape is free of charge, and opening hours are Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Sunday: 11:00am – 3:00pm. The exhibition will be at City Space at the Winchester Discovery Centre until 15 May.

Admission to Capability Brown: Master of the Landscape is free of charge, and opening hours are Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 7:00pm, Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm, and Sunday: 11:00am – 3:00pm. The exhibition will be at The Gallery at the Winchester Discovery Centre until 12 June, before moving to The Sainsbury Gallery at The Willis Museum in Basingstoke on 18 June.



2d3d South Contemporary Art are delighted to return to the Red House with their exciting exhibition ‘Visions’ which showcases artists work offering a diverse visual dialogue of contemporary work.

There will be an opportunity to purchase original work alongside beautiful prints and cards.

The exhibition runs from 7th May until 4th June

Entry to the exhibition and museum is free but your kind donations are welcome.

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