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Willis Museum

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George Willis a local clockmaker and former Mayor of Basingstoke who saved so much of the town's history from destruction established the Museum in 1931.

Travel back in time, and experience some of the major changes that have created the Basingstoke that we know today. Contrast the present with the past and the rich with the poor.

Meet Pickaxe, a 19th century farm worker forced to scrape a living from the streets of Basingstoke as a scavenger. Walk into a 1960s sitting room and kitchen and transport yourself back to the days of teddy boys and twin tubs.

Take time to explore our fascinating collection that includes locally made grandfather clocks and enjoy our changing exhibition of Hampshire's special interest collections, including displays of maps and embroideries.

Discover Basingstoke and Deane's rich archaeological heritage including the unusual Iron Age burial found at Viables, Fred the Roman skeleton and reconstructions of nationally important Saxon buildings excavated at Cowderys Down.

Addition Information:

  • Education Service - please telephone
  • Local History - old photographs, maps etc.
  • Drop into the stunning new Café Willis
    Complete with marble fireplace, crystal chandelier and hand printed wallpaper, the café serves a range of coffees, speciality teas, locally made cakes and pastries.
  • New exhibitions every month

  • Friends of the Willis Museum - join our active group of supporters

  • Disabled access - ramp to main entrance and ground floor. Stairlift and stairs to first floor

  • Public car parks within five minutes walk
  • Sainsbury Gallery - hosts exhibitions from the most important galleries and museums in the country as well as some of the finest artists in the region.
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    Willis Museum Postcode for SatNav: RG21 7QD


    0845 603 5635
    01256 332392

    Market Place
    RG21 7QD

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