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Hampshire Big Theme 2018: Creative Genius - ideas, innovation and industry that changed the world. Get involved!

The Hampshire Big Theme is an exciting collaborative programme of exhibitions, performances, installations, events and digital experiences led by Hampshire Cultural Trust with the support of the South East Museum Development Programme.

Each one explores a topic inspired by a key anniversary or popular theme with a unique Hampshire twist!

We have already held four exciting Big Themes: 2014: 1914; 2015: Dinosaurs!; 2016: Royal Blood; and, 2017: Jane Austen. We are now working on the 2018 Big Theme:

Creative Genius - ideas, innovation and industry that changed the world

This Big Theme is all about celebrating Hampshire's amazing contribution to science, technology and industrial innovation. Through exhibitions, events and happenings, this Big Theme will explore the extraordinary designers, inventors, engineers and entrepreneurs who have worked in Hampshire and made their impact on the nation and the wider world. You don't have to be in Hampshire to have collections relevant to the county's contribution to scientific, technological and industrial innovation. What stories can your museum tell?

What's in it for you?

Whether your museum is in Hampshire or in neighbouring localities - e.g. Portsmouth, Southampton, Isle of Wight, Dorset, Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex, Wiltshire - there are many benefits for cultural organisations that take part in the Big Theme, such as:

  • Joint marketing (upselling and cross-selling)
  • Access to the promotional Big Theme digital platform
  • Umbrella branding
  • Opportunities for collaborations that may secure external funding

Want to find out more?

We are holding a special event for museums, arts, cultural, archive, heritage and education organisations on Wednesday 18 October in Winchester. Details on our events calendar.

Any questions?

If you have any queries regarding the Hampshire Big Theme initiative, please contact:">

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