Museums and Groups in Hampshire

There are plenty of ways to get involved with the history and archaeology of Hampshire. Why not visit a museum or join an archaeological society?

Many Portable Antiquities Scheme finds can be seen on display at museums around the county (see the links that accompany the descriptions below).



Andover Museum

Andover Museum is a former town house c.1750, later the Andover Grammar school. The museum is home to many local archaeological finds including stone tools, local fossils, a Bronze age hoard and Saxon grave goods. Some PAS finds, such as the Leckford Roman coin hoard (IARCH-ABB811) are on display here.

Butser Ancient Farm

Butser Ancient Farm is a unique experimental archaeology site in the South Downs National Park. The farm features archaeological reconstructions of ancient buildings from the Stone Age, Iron Age, Roman Britain and the Anglo-Saxon period. 

Curtis Museum

Curtis Museum has one of the finest local history collections in Hampshire, exploring 100 million years of history Displays include prehistoric tools, Roman pottery reconstruction, Saxon burials, the Battle of Alton 1643, the notorious tale of Sweet Fanny Adams and hop picking and brewing.PAS finds, including the Ropley Bronze Age gold ring (HAMP-032C65) and the Alton early medieval sceat (HAMP-6895C5), are on display here.

Museum of the Iron Age

The Museum of the Iron Age tells the story of Danebury hill fort which lies to the south west of Andover. The hill fort was excavated by Professor Barry Cunliffe between 1969 and 1988 and is one of the best studied sites of the British Iron Age.

Portsmouth City Museum

The Archaeology collection at Portsmouth City Museum has been gathered since 1945 from sites in south-east Hampshire. The bulk of the collection is formed by a number of major archaeological archives which are the result of research and development-led projects. There is also material from small projects and stray finds, donated by professional and amateur archaeologists and interested members of the public.

Southampton City Museum

Millbrook Roman coin hoard (HAMP-B41528) and the Sholing medieval silver-gilt brooch (HAMP-4AF2C0) are on display here.

Tudor House and Garden

Southampton’s Tudor House and Garden is home to a range of interesting artefacts which give us a fascinating insight into life through the ages. These include a number of objects which will be familiar to visitors from previous visits to the House, as well as others which are newly conserved, and have either not been displayed for many years, or never previously shown.

Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery

Discover Basinsgtoke and Deane’s rich archaeological heritage including the unusual Iron Age burial found at Viables, the Roman burial from Winklebury and reconstructions of nationally important Saxon buildings at Cowderys Down.

The gallery also features objects which give an insight into some of the subjects that fascinated Mr Willis and generations of local people. The clocks, watches and tools were acquired by Mr Willis during his career as a clock maker and jeweller. Many objects of great local significance, were given to the Museum during his time as Curator. The archaeological material was found by Mr Willis and his companions during their field walking and excavations in the Basingstoke area: he was a keen archaeologist

Many PAS finds, including the Basingstoke medieval coin hoard (HAMP-399633) and several medieval objects are on display here (HAMP-C21454, SUR-2396F6 and SUR-529B84).

Winchester City Museum

Winchester City Museum tells the story of England’s ancient capital, the seat of Alfred the Great. From its origins as an Iron Age trading centre to Anglo-Saxon glory, the last journey of Jane Austen to the hunt for King Alfred’s remains, explore the sights and sounds of Winchester past and present in the museum’s three galleries.

The Mary Rose Museum

The Mary Rose is the only 16th century warship on display anywhere in the world. The purpose-built award-winning museum reunites her with many of her artefacts and crew, capturing the moment in time when she sank.


Societies & Organisations

A list of local history and archaeology societies in Hampshire is maintained by Local History Online here.