Celebrating a decade at the heart of the community – Winchester Discovery Centre turns 10

Hampshire County Council’s Winchester Discovery Centre is marking its tenth birthday as a modern, vibrant and popular community hub

Nov 27 2017

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A series of free celebratory events open to members of the public are taking place throughout the week including collage art, interactive science experiments, zumba and salsa sessions. 

The County Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, Councillor Andrew Gibson, said: “Winchester Discovery Centre was one of our first libraries where we blended strong library traditions with modern facilities such as a performance hall, art gallery and café to transform it into a real community hub.

“A key part of this success is down to the award-winning redesign by our in-house Property Services team, establishing the Discovery Centre as a versatile space and flagship venue. The popularity of the Discovery Centre is far greater than we’d dared to imagine – welcoming visitors of all ages for reading, learning, family activities and cultural events.

“My thanks go to all of our visitors, dedicated staff and volunteers who have contributed to its success - here’s to the next ten years.”

The creation of the Discovery Centre, involved restoring the existing Grade II* listed former Corn Exchange and library, originally constructed in 1838. It opened its doors to the public on 27 November, 2007, before it was officially opened in 2008 by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall. In its first decade, the Discovery Centre has:

welcomed more than half a million visitors every year
issued three million book loans to members
served 55,000 cups of tea and coffee a year