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Peters­field Mu­seum is set to be trans­formed af­ter it was con­firmed it will re­ceive a National Lottery grant of £1,318,000 for its trans­for­ma­tional Path­ways into the Past her­itage project. With the aim to fin­ish the con­ver­sion of Peters­field’s old po­lice house and court­house into a cul­tural and her­itage cen­tre, vis­i­tors and lo­cal res­i­dents will be able to learn about the sto­ries of Peters­field and its sur­round­ing vil­lages, sit­u­ated at the cross-roads of his­tory, through a unique blend of arte­facts, his­toric dress, art and lit­er­a­ture. The project will also see the cre­ation of one of only a hand­ful of Vic­to­rian Jus­tice her­itage cen­tres in the coun­try with its com­bi­na­tion of Po­lice Sta­tion (in­clud­ing an orig­i­nal cell recre­ated to the pe­riod) and Court­house with its orig­i­nal ‘Bench’ and Wit­ness Stand. Work will start early next year, and likely close the mu­seum un­til its re­open­ing in spring 2020. In the mean­time, ne­go­ti­a­tions are on­go­ing to find a tem­po­rary home (or homes) for the mu­seum’s col­lec­tions so that res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike may still en­joy the range of ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer.

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