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Petersfield Museum purchase historic police station for expanded museum and tourism hub
The Trustees of Petersfield Museum have announced that they have exchanged contracts for the purchase of Petersfield Police Station with The Police and Crime Commissioner for The Hampshire Police Area.
Chairman Vaughan Clarke says:
"The terms of the Contract allow for a delayed completion date up to September 2016, to enable the Police to finalise and activate their move to alternative premises. This delay also allows the Museum to progress its vision and put into place plans and fundraising for the alterations to the building to suit the new use.
"The Police Station together with the Courthouse, which currently houses the Museum, will create a unique Victorian Justice Heritage Site, in which will be displayed the Museum’s existing collections together with those from Hampshire Constabulary History Society and a new Edward Thomas Study Centre. The value of this cultural and tourist opportunity to the town, district and South Downs National Park, cannot be underestimated. It also fulfils a proposal of the Petersfield Neighbourhood Plan to create a significant tourist hub for the town.
"The purchase of the Police Station, and the expansion of the Museum in recent years has only been possible thanks to the generosity of founder member Freddie Standfield, and the Museum will always be indebted to him for his kindness and foresight.
"Now, with the legacy he helped to provide, the Museum and our community have the opportunity to work together to raise the funds required to create a centre that will give residents and visitors alike greater access to the Museum’s collections. In turn this will allow a wider engagement with, and understanding of, the long history of Petersfield and its surrounding villages.
"The process of creating this new venture has begun. Consultation is taking place with architects, who are museum development specialists, to advise on a first stage application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, which we hope to submit towards the end of this year.
"As our plans progress, you can be assured that we will engage widely to allow the full involvement of the town in this exciting period in the history of the Museum and Petersfield itself."