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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.