Culture On Call is two!

It's been two years since we first launched our digital publication Culture on Call, within just 10 days of the national lockdown announcement.

To celebrate this exciting milestone, we have taken a look back at some of our favourite posts over the past 12 months.


From archive dives to behind the scenes of upcoming exhibitions, it has been an exciting year for exhibitions across Culture on Call and (of course!) in our venues too.

The Magic of Middle-earth exhibition at the Willis Museum in Basingstoke. Magic of Middle-earth and The Magic of Middle-earth: Video tour with collector Matt Fox

Eric Ravilious: Extraordinary Everyday exhibition at The Gallery at The Arc in Winchester. Coming soon: Extraordinary Everyday, Behind the Scenes and Extraordinary Essentials

The Art of W.Heath Robinson at the Willis Museum in Basingstoke. All a bit Heath Robinson and The art of W. Heath Robinson’s illustrations.


A whole range of interview took place on Culture on Call this year, from artists and curators, to performers and musicians, as well as some fantastic interviews getting to know some of our team here at Hampshire Cultural Trust.

In A conversation on photography, curator Colin Ford interviewed photographer Paul Joyce find out what has changed in his approach to photography and to talk through some of the highlights of the A Life Behind the Lens exhibition.

World Theatre Day was marked on Culture on Call with an interview with Mercè and Patricia ahead of their performance of Nothing Happens (Twice) at the West End Centre, Aldershot on Friday (8 April).

During Autism Acceptance Week, two of our West End Centre colleagues shared their experiences of working and volunteering with Autism, two truly insightful interviews.


Back in December, on International Volunteers Day, we took the opportunity to thank our incredible volunteers from across the trust. Below is just a handful of their fantastic contributions to Culture on Call this past year.

Back in June, volunteer Stephen Miles was 'as busy as a bee' as he organised, labelled, catalogued and, in some cases, identified solitary bees in the collections we care for.

We shone the Spotlight on...Volunteering  at Andover Museum and Museum of the Iron Age with Amy Mosart back in January and in February we took a trip to Alton where Allen Gallery volunteer, Sheila John told us all about her role as a front of house volunteer.

Our volunteers also undertake historical research. In July, Lauren Smart told us all about the history of Rockbourne Roman Villa and in February, Aldershot Military Museum volunteer, David May marked the 50th Anniversary of The Aldershot Bombing on Culture On Call.

All about objects

In All about objects, we shine the spotlight in the vast range of collection items that we care for. Since April 2021, we have shared a whole range of stories about these incredible objects.

In the past year we introduced the Teddy Bear Focus series. This series looks at some of our more unusual teddy bears from Mr Simpson's Teddy Bear Museum at Milestones Museum in Basingstoke. Meet Peter, Zotty and the Dean’s Rag Book Bears.

In October we wished you all a Happy Owloween, with an insight into the taxidermy owls in the collection.

A note from the team

We would like to thank everyone for all their support for Culture on Call throughout the last two years. It has been an incredible journey and we hope to continue to keep you connected with culture digitally!

This article was written by:
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Hannah Coombes

Communications Officer at Hampshire Cultural Trust.
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