Westbury Manor Museum

Westbury Manor Museum Fareham’s local museum, tells the story of the Borough from Portchester to Warsash, from Hill Head to Swanwick. Set in a fabulous Georgian building, the museum is right in the heart of Fareham town centre.

19/05/2019
Fareham Methodist Messy Church

This sounds like a fascinating display Fareham Library , go see it while you can!

Please find time to go and see our 80th Church Anniversary Display at Fareham Library until this coming Friday 24 May. Please invite your family, friends and neighbours too! Thank you

15/05/2019

It's #MuseumWeek and the theme for today is 'play'. We have lots of fun family activities and displays at the museum!

That said we are always looking to improve and extend what we do. What would you like to see on offer for families at the museum? #PlayMW

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Fareham Borough Council

It is #MuseumWeek and the theme for today is ‘Women in Culture’. #womenincultureWe want to shine the spotlight on Be...
13/05/2019

It is #MuseumWeek and the theme for today is ‘Women in Culture’. #womeninculture

We want to shine the spotlight on Betty Warren. She was born in Fareham on 31 October 1907 her real name was Babette Hilda Hogan.

She was a British actress during the 1930s to 1950s, best known for her comedy roles in such films as Champagne Charlie (1944) and Passport to Pimlico (1949). She died in Somerset in 1990.

Image: Wikipedia

Hampshire Cultural Trust
Fareham Borough Council

11/05/2019

The museum will open at 1pm due to a shortage of volunteers. If you are interested in supporting the museum by volunteering please send us a message.

We were delighted to have artist Rachel Hudson at the museum today hanging her work ready for for the opening of the ‘...
09/05/2019

We were delighted to have artist Rachel Hudson at the museum today hanging her work ready for for the opening of the ‘Birds, Boats & Back Garden Wildlife’ exhibition opening on Saturday 11 May!

Rachel Hudson Illustration
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Fareham Borough Council

An amazing photograph of The Norman keep of Portchester Castle by @antony.lowe from Instagram 📷 Portchester Castle’...
07/05/2019

An amazing photograph of The Norman keep of Portchester Castle by @antony.lowe from Instagram 📷

Portchester Castle’s remarkable history begins in the 3rd century AD when the Romans built a vast fort here. In the 5th century this waterside fortress was transformed into a Saxon settlement, and after the Conquest of 1066 it became a Norman castle.

From 1665 Portchester served as a prisoner-of-war camp – a role that reached its height during the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars of 1793–1815, when it housed up to 8,000 prisoners, of many nationalities and backgrounds, at any one time.

English Heritage
Hampshire Cultural Trust
Fareham Borough Council

06/05/2019

We are closed for the Bank Holiday today, we look forward to welcoming you to the museum, cafe and shop from 10am tomorrow.

Today is May Day and #internationalworkersday  Here are a selection of images from our photo collection of workers in in...
01/05/2019

Today is May Day and #internationalworkersday

Here are a selection of images from our photo collection of workers in industry and agriculture in Fareham from 1940's, 1950's & 1980's.

Hampshire Cultural Trust
Fareham Borough Council

Don’t miss this fantastic exhibition from our friends Gosport Gallery 🌷🌳
29/04/2019

Don’t miss this fantastic exhibition from our friends Gosport Gallery 🌷🌳

Opening today in the gallery and it looks amazing.
Free entry with donations appreciated.

🌟 Our #MondayMotivation is this lovely TripAdvisor review left by recent visitor Shelley 🌟Fareham Borough Council
29/04/2019

🌟 Our #MondayMotivation is this lovely TripAdvisor review left by recent visitor Shelley 🌟

Fareham Borough Council

Of the historic ‘worst jobs’ being a Bonecrusher must be near the top of the list! After a German night raid a Ports...
27/04/2019

Of the historic ‘worst jobs’ being a Bonecrusher must be near the top of the list!

After a German night raid a Portsmouth factory was moved to Wicor Mill Lane, Portchester where bones from butchers’ shops were converted into fertiliser called Plucrop.

The residents of Portchester called the air the ‘Portchester pong’ owing to the smell pervading the area if the wind was in the wrong direction. 👃 🦴 💨

Image - Bone crushing machine 📷 Wikipedia

A busy West Street in the 1950's. We love looking at all the shop signs and what people are wearing!Fareham Borough Coun...
26/04/2019

A busy West Street in the 1950's. We love looking at all the shop signs and what people are wearing!

Fareham Borough Council

The birds have landed! We have some gorgeous new spring stock in our gift shop just waiting for lift off. 🐦 ☕️ Fa...
25/04/2019

The birds have landed!

We have some gorgeous new spring stock in our gift shop just waiting for lift off. 🐦 ☕️

Fareham Borough Council
Hampshire Cultural Trust

Happy Easter from the Westbury Manor Museum Team! We will be closed from 19th-22nd April, opening again on Tuesday 23rd ...
19/04/2019

Happy Easter from the Westbury Manor Museum Team!

We will be closed from 19th-22nd April, opening again on Tuesday 23rd April.

18/04/2019

Due to improvements being made in cafe area the museum, cafe and gift shop will open at the slightly later time of 10.30am today.

Fareham Borough Council
Hampshire Cultural Trust

In 1837 the Fareham Workhouse Scandal hit the national press.  Three young boys, William Warren, Robert Withers and Jona...
17/04/2019

In 1837 the Fareham Workhouse Scandal hit the national press. Three young boys, William Warren, Robert Withers and Jonathan Cooke were sent to Fareham from the Droxford Union workhouse. At the time the boys had been in good health, but when they returned to Bishops Waltham on the 10th February they were found to be weak and sick, suffering from scabies, malnourished and carrying the signs of ill treatment on their bodies.

The case was raised in Parliament by John Walter II MP. The Poor Law Commissioners instituted an enquiry which discovered that the children had all been punished by the Master, Thomas Bourne, for bedwetting and that the punishment included a reduction in the quantity of food given to each child. The children had also been beaten with birch twigs by the schoolmistress, Harriet Crouch, who had also made them sit in a special set of stocks while wearing a dunce’s cap.

For the last ten days of their stay in Fareham the boys had been kept in a stone outhouse with no means of heating, and had then been sent back to Bishops Waltham in an open cart with no outdoor clothing
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Nobody involved in the case was dismissed from their jobs, although Thomas Blatherwick, the medical officer at Fareham, later resigned from his post.

The workhouse was taken over by Hampshire County council in 1930 and by the NHS as St Christopher’s Hospital in 1948. The hospital finally closed in c. 2010 as services were withdrawn on a phased basis; the site has since been redeveloped.

You can see the Workhouse gates on display in our galleries at the museum.

Fareham Borough Council
Hampshire Cultural Trust

Our colleagues over at Ashcroft Arts Centre and looking for Casual Bar Assistants 🍻 🍷 🥤
16/04/2019
Ashcroft Arts Centre

Our colleagues over at Ashcroft Arts Centre and looking for Casual Bar Assistants 🍻 🍷 🥤

We're also looking for Casual Bar Assistants - check out the website to find out more and apply! Applications close 25 April.

Volunteer Opportunities available! Are you looking to support a local charity and be part of a friendly team? We current...
16/04/2019

Volunteer Opportunities available! Are you looking to support a local charity and be part of a friendly team?

We currently have volunteer opportunities supporting our cafe, shop & museum operations (we are mostly looking for assistance on Saturdays) and also with our digitisation project, helping us to create a digital record of our historic photographs and records.

If you would like to find out more please drop into the museum,send us a message or e-mail [email protected]

Fareham Borough Council
Hampshire Cultural Trust

Our thoughts are with the people of France today mourning the huge damage done by fire at this World Heritage site. We a...
16/04/2019

Our thoughts are with the people of France today mourning the huge damage done by fire at this World Heritage site.

We are so pleased to hear that many of the artefacts were salvaged and that parts of the building have been saved.

NOTRE-DAME de PARIS (1160 - 1260)
For MEMORY before the fire - Pour MEMOIRE avant le feu - Per RICORDARE prima dell'incendio

- The grand medieval Cathedral in the heart of Paris. 13 million visitors yearly: the most visited monument in Europe and the most famous gothic building worldwide.

- La grandiose Cathédrale médiévale au coeur de Paris. 13 millions de visiteurs par an: le monument le plus visité d'Europe et le plus célèbre édifice gothique au monde.

- La grandiosa Cattedrale medioevale nel cuore di Parigi. 13 milioni di visitatori: il monumento più visitato in Europa ed il più famoso edificio gotico del mondo.

© Pietro Madaschi, Milan Italy - 360 VISIO​ - www.360visio.com

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris #France #Francia #France360 #FranceVR #FranciaVR #Paris #Parigi #Paris360 #Parigi360 #ParigiVR #ParisVR #NotreDame #Cathedral #Cathédrale #Gotico #Gothic #Gothique #360photo #foto360 #360visio #UNESCO

13/04/2019

Due to a shortage of Saturday volunteers we will be opening today at 1.00pm.

If you are interested in finding out more about our volunteer opportunities please get in touch.

Hampshire Cultural Trust
Fareham Borough Council

12/04/2019

We need your help!

We are currently purchasing some new stock for our gift shop....we love these gorgeous bird mugs but can't decide between them...

Puffin or Penguin?

Fareham Borough Council

We have a fabulous new Luxury Milkshake available in our museum cafe. They taste as good as they look and will be around...
12/04/2019

We have a fabulous new Luxury Milkshake available in our museum cafe.

They taste as good as they look and will be around just for the Easter school holidays!

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Fareham Borough Council

Teachers of Fareham....you are invited you to visit the museum on Thursday 9th May, 4pm-5pm to find out all about our se...
11/04/2019

Teachers of Fareham....you are invited you to visit the museum on Thursday 9th May, 4pm-5pm to find out all about our sessions available to schools and enjoy some delicious tea & cake!

RSVP [email protected]

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Fareham Borough Council

We have a spring in our step today with the start of our Easter school holiday activities! We have an Easter Trail and E...
08/04/2019

We have a spring in our step today with the start of our Easter school holiday activities!

We have an Easter Trail and Easter Activity Packs as well as the delicious chocolate exhibition and our family friendly museum activities!

Come on down and see us! Museum admission FREE, £1 per trail and £1.50 per activity pack.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the museum this school holidays! 🐣 🐰 🥚 We have plenty of activities ...
07/04/2019

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the museum this school holidays! 🐣 🐰 🥚

We have plenty of activities for the kids and hot coffee for the parents and grandparents!

Especially for the holidays we have an Easter Trail and Easter Activity Packs, £1 per trail and £1.50 per activity pack.

Hampshireculturaltrust
Fareham Borough Council

05/04/2019

Competition time! 📣 Take Two!

If you know the correct answer to the true or false question below, you could be in with a chance of winning a delicious Chocolate Afternoon Tea from our Museum Cafe. The tea was specially created in honour of our current Chocolate Exhibition on at the museum until 4th May. T&C'S apply http://bit.ly/2Ibsrsr

True or False - Chocolate comes from a fruit tree; it’s made from a seed.

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Fareham Borough Council

Some eagle eyed followers noticed an error with our competition poll launched today! In fact the first chocolate bar was...
04/04/2019

Some eagle eyed followers noticed an error with our competition poll launched today!

In fact the first chocolate bar was made by Fry’s in 1847....so sorry for the mistake and thank you to those who noticed and let us know.

We are going to take down the current competition so look out for a brand new competition poll coming tomorrow!

Wow, the weather in Fareham is a bit topsy turvey today! Come to the museum cafe for a warming hot drink ☕️
03/04/2019

Wow, the weather in Fareham is a bit topsy turvey today!

Come to the museum cafe for a warming hot drink ☕️

Did you know that during the Second World War (1939-1945), British Double Summer Time - two hours in advance of Greenwic...
31/03/2019

Did you know that during the Second World War (1939-1945), British Double Summer Time - two hours in advance of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) - was temporarily introduced for the period when ordinary daylight saving would be in force.

It was introduced as an energy-saving device, effectively putting the country on the same footing as mainland Europe.

During the winter, clocks were kept one hour in advance of GMT to increase productivity.

Image: Fareham, 1942, Margery Harley (third from left) takes part in a Wings for Victory Parade (courtesy of Daily Echo)

Fareham Borough Council

Looking for a delicious activity in the Easter school holiday? Why not book on our Children's Chocolate Making workshop ...
29/03/2019

Looking for a delicious activity in the Easter school holiday? Why not book on our Children's Chocolate Making workshop with chocolatier Chocolate By Miss Witt on 9th April.

There are two session times to choose from. £8.50 per child with a free hot drink for the accompanying adult. Suitable for ages 5 and over.

https://www.facebook.com/events/636235500134296/

Fareham Borough Council

Our new Shared Reading group is a simple idea that changes lives. Come along and join a friendly group, reading great li...
28/03/2019

Our new Shared Reading group is a simple idea that changes lives.

Come along and join a friendly group, reading great literature aloud!

The group will meet on Tuesday's starting 2nd April, 10am-11.30am at the museum in the heart of Fareham

https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/event/shared-reader-group

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Fareham Borough Council

Looking for ideas for a Mother’s Day gift?Come and have a browse in our gift shop in the centre of Fareham, we are ope...
26/03/2019

Looking for ideas for a Mother’s Day gift?

Come and have a browse in our gift shop in the centre of Fareham, we are open 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday.

Hampshire Cultural Trust
Fareham Borough Council

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26/03/2019

We would love to know your thoughts....

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Fareham Borough Council

**GIFT VOUCHERS are also available for Mothers Day and special occasions**Feed your Chocolate craving with our new speci...
23/03/2019

**GIFT VOUCHERS are also available for Mothers Day and special occasions**

Feed your Chocolate craving with our new special edition ‘Chocolate Afternoon Tea’!

The pre-bookable tea is £10 per person and includes finger sandwiches, delicious chocolate petite fours, a decadent slice of chocolate cake and a hot drink (we suggest hot chocolate if you want to go all out chocolate!).

For £15 you can upgrade to a ‘Sparkling’ Afternoon Tea which includes a personal bottle of prosecco! All teas must be pre booked by calling the museum on 01329 822063.

Hampshire Cultural Trust

Fareham Borough Council

23/03/2019

Westbury Manor will not opening today at 12pm. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Fun Fact Friday:Did you know that Fareham has a rare building right under our noses? Behind the Georgian front of Number...
22/03/2019

Fun Fact Friday:
Did you know that Fareham has a rare building right under our noses?

Behind the Georgian front of Numbers 13-17 High Street there is a house dating from the 1200s. With a French king-post roof (unusual for English houses of this period) it is the most complete structure of its kind in the country.

The floor beams date from 1294 and the discovery of a coin dating back to King Edward I (1272-1307).

There is a concealed priest's hole that became popular for secret Roman Catholics during the 1550s. They were secret rooms - usually hidden behind panelled walls - where the homeowners could hide illegal Catholic clergy if their houses were raided by the monarchs agents. Some even contained altars and religious iconography and were used as pseudo-Churches after the fanatically Protestant King Edward VI made the Mass illegal and approved harsh punishments for those who were determined to practise their Catholic Faith.

The house also boasts a built-in wig and powder cupboard and is even rumoured to be haunted!

Photo Credit: Coin dating back to King Edward I (1272-1307) https://buff.ly/2WbQmMe

Fareham Borough Council

Learn how to make chocolate with Miss Witt, a world class chocolatier, teacher, demonstrator and judge at one of her fab...
21/03/2019

Learn how to make chocolate with Miss Witt, a world class chocolatier, teacher, demonstrator and judge at one of her fabulous workshops being held at the museum!

On 9th April we will be holding one adult Chocolate Truffle Making Workshop in the morning and two Children's Chocolate Making Workshops in the afternoon.

For details of timing, prices and to book please visit our website. https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/events?venue=54

Our 'Chocolate' exhibition is being held at the museum until 4 May and we have scpecial chocolate treats available in our cafe & shop!

Chocolate By Miss Witt
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Where in the borough of Fareham would you find this beautiful door? #Where am I? Answer will be revealed tomorrow Fareha...
20/03/2019

Where in the borough of Fareham would you find this beautiful door? #Where am I? Answer will be revealed tomorrow Fareham Borough Council

17/03/2019
BBC Two

What were the sounds of your childhood?

Dial up internet, the ice cream van and birdsong were some from the Westbury Manor Museum Team!

Fareham Borough Council

This is the sound of every 90s kid’s childhood… 🔊😂

We can’t wait for Fareham in Bloom, put the date in your diary for this fab launch🌷 🌹 🌱 💓 Fareham Borough ...
16/03/2019

We can’t wait for Fareham in Bloom, put the date in your diary for this fab launch🌷 🌹 🌱 💓

Fareham Borough Council

Here’s a date for your diary! Come along to Bloom Day at Fareham Shopping Centre on Sat 6 April 🌸🌼🌺 https://youtu.be/vgWQmE97uRs

Our BRILLIANT new exhibition: 'Chocolate!' opens today! Are you a fan of the sweet stuff? Come and learn about the histo...
16/03/2019
Chocolate! | Hampshire Cultural Trust

Our BRILLIANT new exhibition: 'Chocolate!' opens today!

Are you a fan of the sweet stuff? Come and learn about the history of your favourite treat that spans over 5000 years and 3 continents!

Did you know that chocolate was once used as a form of currency? Or that it was a luxury that could only be afforded by the super rich? We didn't!

Open from Saturday 16th March - Saturday 4th May this fab exhibition is definitely worth a visit! We have some delicious treats in our Shop and Cafe too!

Free Admission.

https://buff.ly/2TxPVL7

Fareham Borough Council

“Money can't buy happiness. But it can buy chocolate, which is pretty much the same thing.” Hanako Ishii

Fun Fact Friday:Although originally built for religious purposes in 1231/2 the abbey of St Mary and St John the Evangeli...
15/03/2019

Fun Fact Friday:

Although originally built for religious purposes in 1231/2 the abbey of St Mary and St John the Evangelist (known today simply as Titchfield Abbey) has a rich secular and aristocratic heritage and even played host to royal events!

In 1393 King Richard II and his queen, Anne of Bohemia where entertained there and Henry V visited the abbey before travelling to France and famously winning the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.

It is speculated that Henry VI (the last king of the House of Lancaster) married the 15-year-old French princess, Margaret of Anjou at the abbey on 23rd April 1445.

After the abbey fell victim to Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1537 it was awarded to his loyal servant, Thomas Wriothesley who renamed it Place House and turned it into a private residence. As a private house Edward VI, Elizabeth I, Charles I with his wife, Henerietta Maria and Charles II all visited.

Wriothesley's grandson Henry, 3rd Earl of Southampton, was a patron of William Shakespeare and it is believed that some of Shakespeare’s plays were first performed there.

Photo Credits: 1. Modern photograph of the gatehouse, built in the 16th century across the nave of the former monastic church. 2. How it may have looked in the 14th Century. 3. How it may have looked in the mid-16th Century as Place House. All from https://buff.ly/2XWw3nC

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Fareham Borough Council

Address

84 West Street
Fareham
PO16 0JJ

Westbury Manor Museum is situated a very short walk from the Bus station and an approx. 15 min walk from the train station. Parking available at Market Quay car park,1 Pulheim Parade, Fareham PO16 0BU which is a 5 minute walk away, or Malthouse Lane Car Park located at PO16 0EA which is a 10 minute walk away

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

+44 1329 822063

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