On November 1st 2014 the Hampshire Cultural Trust, which is an independent charity, became responsible for the strategic operation and funding of all the County`s twenty three council owned cultural venues, including the Curtis Museum and the Allen Gallery in Alton.
Financial support will also continue from the agreed partnership between Alton Town Council, East Hants.District Council and Hampshire County Council up until to 2019/20.
A small advisory group of four people,which includes Brian Alexander from the Alton Society,has been formed to monitor and support both the museum and gallery at the local level. The group expects to meet with representatives of the Cultural Trust in the near future to agree a brief for their role.
Both the museum and gallery rely hugely on the wonderful team of volunteers, without which they could not function, and newcomers are always most welcome. So if you feel that you would like to become involved please do drop into the museum or phone 01420 82802 to find out more.
The Allen Gallery runs a most interesting programme of evening talks on every fourth Thursday in the month except July and August ( call into the Gallery for more details )
Currently there is a fascinating exhibition of paintings by W.H. Allen the founder of the gallery, which runs until 1st April. Admission is free.
Don`t forget the lovely tearoom and peaceful garden at the gallery.
Please support the museums as much as you can, their continued success depends upon us all.