Significant local anniversaries celebrated in new exhibitions at Petersfield Museum


300 years of Churcher’s College and 60 years of FitzRoy, plus the winners of our Photography Competition

Two new exhibitions will be on display celebrating two essential institutions in our local area, Churcher’s College and FitzRoy, in addition to new outstanding pieces of photography showing inspirational local people.

This year, Churcher’s College celebrates its 300th birthday. Founded in 1722, it is the oldest school in Petersfield that is still open today. Learn about the history of the school in this anniversary display, featuring foundational documents and artefacts that are over 300 years old, alongside more recent objects that visitors may recognise from their own school days.

60 years ago, Elizabeth FitzRoy set up a small home in Grayshott for children with learning disabilities. With a base in Petersfield, FitzRoy now support more than 700 people in 82 homes across the country. FitzRoy will share the exhibition with The Petersfield Society for Special Needs (PSSN), which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. PSSN began as a playgroup for young children with learning disabilities. Like FitzRoy, it later welcomed adults with disabilities and has continued to grow with over 200 members today.

‘People of Petersfield’ is the theme of Petersfield Museum’s second annual photography competition. We will be exhibiting the six winning entries, which feature local people who are inspiring or who have contributed to the local community.

Both exhibitions and the winning photographs will be displayed in the Petersfield Today Gallery at Petersfield Museum and are included with Museum admission.

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