What is HIPUM?

For one weekend this July Hayling Island was home to its very own “pop-up museum”. The Museum showcased the archaeology of North Hayling and in particular the Hayling Island Temple site which is located less than a mile from the site of the museum.

Our idea was that the pop-up museum should be, for its short life, be a full featured museum.

The concept borrows from the idea of pop-up shops, bars, and cinemas. It is more than just an open day, a site visit, a display, a talk or a tour, although these are the activities that it will provide. The Museum was more than the sum of these parts, it had its own distinct identity and purpose.

HIPUM was located in the Northney Farm Team Room Barn. It included a reception, displays of several kinds, tour departure point, “museum tea room” and a “museum shop”. To find out more about what went on, please go to the what’s on page.

The museum aimed to generate a legacy in two ways: firstly by [re]generating local (and wider) community interest in the archaeology of North Hayling, and secondly by leaving physical displays, handouts and other information that can be used in the barn on a more permanent basis.