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Annual Review

Welcome to our 2019-20 Annual Review.


The last year has been full of achievement for The Novium Museum and Chichester Tourist Information Centre Service. The Novium Museum is now firmly established as one of Chichester's much-loved and well respected heritage attractions. Welcoming over 50,000 visitors, 2019-20 has seen the service take great strides forwards in delivering our core values and objectives.

Our service cares for, develops and shares heritage assets associated with Chichester District, including social history and archaeology, safeguarding a hugely important legacy for future generations. The museum continues to uphold the highest standards in collections care while delivering significant educational, social and economic benefit to the local community.

Our free admission policy enables us to keep the heritage of Chichester District accessible to everyone and 2019/20 has seen our highest level of donations to date, demonstrating the value visitors place on the museum.

Over the last year we have secured a significant amount of external funding to support our ambitious public programme of exhibitions and community engagement activities, enabling us to deliver our headline exhibition, Mystery Warrior: The North Bersted Man, to the highest of standards and continue to grow our annual , bringing history to life outside the walls of the museum building. The quality of our public programme has secured local, national and international media coverage.

The museum's extensive learning programme of workshops, loans boxes, tours, outreach and sleepovers complements the national curriculum and offer a 'hands-on' approach to learning. 2019/20 has seen the learning programme grow in reach and depth.

Our Tourist Information Centre has continued to attract and serve customers to the Chichester District and helps to promote all that our district has to offer both to local residents and those visiting the area.

Our commercial services play an increasingly important role in safeguarding the future of the museum service. The Novium Museum offers a unique and versatile space for corporate evening events and is an ideal city centre location for corporate meetings.

The Guildhall has continued to grow as an increasingly popular wedding ceremony venue. As well as a beautiful setting for weddings, The Guildhall has proved a popular location for theatrical performances this year.

This year our Annual Review seeks to demonstrate our impact in the context of our 5 key objectives. We are proud of our growing achievements and would like to thank all of our supporters, visitors, volunteers, and our dedicated team who work tirelessly to create a vibrant and active museum that is relevant to, and respected by our communities.