"Bigger and better" Bishop's Waltham Museum reopens after Palace move

By Culture24 Staff | 29 April 2009
A picture of two women shaking hands at the opening of a museum

(Above) Linda Didymus,Chairman of the Bishop's Waltham Museum Committee (left) and Samantha Lloyd of English Heritage outside the lifesize recreation of Mrs Askew's shop at the reopened Museum

A museum housing a wealth of artefacts and archaeological finds from the history of Bishop's Waltham in Hampshire has reopened in new farmhouse premises.

Bishop's Waltham Museum, which features photographs, precious pottery, a clock collection and a lifesize recreation of a bygone local shop, has moved to the Waltham Palace in a switch supported by English Heritage.

"The museum is bigger and better than before, and I hope visitors will enjoy the atmospheric and beautiful setting of the Palace grounds especially in the approaching summer months," said Linda Didymus, Chairman of the Bishop's Waltham Museum Trust Committee which established the centre in 1984.

"With a tremendously powerful history, the Palace grounds act as a perfect backdrop to the Bishop's Waltham Museum and I am delighted that English Heritage has supported our move into the fitting medieval Palace farmhouse."

Samantha Lloyd, Assistant Visitor Operations Director for English Heritage in the South East, said the organisation was "delighted" with the "much more fitting" location.

"The farmhouse seemed the perfect home for the museum's collection and great care has been taken to respect the building's character and not to detract from its historic atmosphere," she added.

"The ground floor of Bishop's Waltham Palace farmhouse is now home to a wonderful local collection of farm equipment, memorabilia and historic items. It will give visitors the chance to find out even more about the area's history and Bishop's Waltham Palace."

Open Saturdays and Sundays, 2pm – 4pm, until September 30 2009. Admission free.

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