Curtis Museum facts for kids
The Curtis Museum in Alton, is a local history museum in Hampshire, England.
The museum was founded in 1865 by Dr William Curtis (1803–1881).
In 2014, ownership of the museum was transferred to the Hampshire Cultural Trust as part of a larger transfer of museums from Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council.
It contains a wide range of artefacts and displays including:
- Prehistoric tools
- Roman bowls and other material, including a cup found at Selborne
- The Anglo-Saxon Alton buckle
- Artefacts from the Battle of Alton (1643), a battle in the English Civil War
- The "Jane Austen Trail"
- Hop picking and brewing
In 2010, both the Curtis Museum and the Allen Gallery were under threat of closure, following their receipt of an email to that effect from the Museum & Arts Service. The Museum and Gallery were taken over by the Hampshire Museums and Galleries Trust, which ran both buildings with the help of volunteers, on behalf of Hampshire County Council. As of May 2014, management was transferred back to Hampshire County Council.