The extension and refurbishment of the Hartley Library provided an opportunity to incorporate public exhibition space as an integral part of the library environment. This space includes the Special Collections Exhibition Gallery and the Level 4 Gallery.
The Special Collections Gallery was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund primarily for the display of material from the collections to encourage public awareness and access. The exhibition programme focuses on themes within the collection and links in with University academic activity including celebrations of research, conferences and contributions to national and international events and commemorations.
The level 4 Gallery is an area of 42 metres wall space in an open access area of the Library and is available for viewing during library opening hours.
There are up to four exhibitions each year. The Gallery programme reflects three ideas: themed links with the Special Collections exhibition programme; promotion of the research and education mission of Winchester School of Art; and work celebrating the University’s contribution to the culture of the city and the region.