New Forest Museum to become The New Forest Centre

Published Friday 13 April 2007

The New Forest National Park Authority and the New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust are working together to provide a ‘new-look’ for the Museum and Visitor Centre at Lyndhurst.

The Museum will be transformed into The New Forest Centre offering new displays and facilities to reflect the New Forest becoming a National Park.

The Authority is contributing around £200,000 over the next three years to the partnership, which will strengthen the Centre’s long-term future. It is going to be re-branded to become the first port of call for visitors wanting information about the history, culture and landscape of England’s newest national park.

This will bring huge benefits to the residents of the New Forest as well as to the millions who come to visit. The first major step in the joint partnership is to appoint a full time Centre Manager, who will be responsible for managing the Centre, developing business and marketing plans and working with the local community and volunteers.

The partnership will strengthen the Centre’s ability to provide exhibitions, educational services for adults and children and to offer a vast range of items in its gift shop. The unique facilities of the Christopher Tower Reference Library of the New Forest will continue to be a hub of historic and current information. The new-look centre will also continue to double as a Visitor Information Centre, benefiting residents and visitors.

Jeff Haynes, Director of Understanding and Enjoyment, said: ‘This is an exciting step for the National Park.  The Lyndhurst site already provides an excellent insight into the New Forest, in an ideal location.  We are looking forward to working with the Trustees to create an improved Centre where visitors and residents can learn even more about the National Park’

Ednyfed Hudson Davies, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, added: ‘This association will greatly strengthen our work and bring in many more people, visitors and locals alike. The appointment of a new Centre Manager will provide impetus and guidance during what will undoubtedly be a period of great expansion.’

Anyone with an interest in the post of Centre Manager can obtain further information by telephoning 023 8028 3444 or by emailing


Notes to editors:
For more information on the partnership contact Jeff Haynes, Director of Understanding and Enjoyment at New Forest National Park Authority on 01590 646670 and Ednyfed Hudson Davies, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Lymington Museum and Visitor Centre on 01590 626683.

Media Contact:
Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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