School children from Red Barn Community Primary School in Portchester joined event sponsor Anchor, and the Mayor of Fareham to officially open the Stuffed and MOUNTed exhibition at Westbury Manor Museum, Fareham, on Friday 14 February.

The Mount at Bishopstoke, once home to international bankers and Victorian powerbrokers, local philanthropists and Natural Scientists, is featured in the new exhibition which includes the return to Hampshire of an important collection of natural history specimens for the first time in almost 100 years.

Stuffed and MOUNTed covers the history of The Mount until the present day as Anchor’s newest retirement village, Bishopstoke Park. It reveals how The Mount became a museum of natural history and showcases the work and a taxidermy collection by former owner Thomas Atkinson Cotton and his wife Charlotte.  It also explores the history of the people who have lived there since 1844, including Richard Gilman, a founder of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and HSBC Bank and Captain Thomas Hargreaves, a local benefactor who paid for many community endowments including The Bishopstoke Reading Rooms - the first school in Bishopstoke.

The Mount is currently undergoing a major restoration by Anchor and will have a new future in the heart of Hampshire, as Anchor’s Bishopstoke Park retirement village. Anchor is sponsoring the exhibition to ensure that the history of The Mount is preserved and made accessible to local people.

Bishopstoke Park is due to open in the Autumn 2014. The village will have over 170 prestigious independent and assisted living apartments giving the over 65’s the opportunity to live independently and receive care by highly trained professionals should they need it.  There will also be a 48 room care home on the site.  

Stuffed and MOUNTed has travelled from Easleigh Museum and will be open to the public at Westbury Manor Museum, 84 West Street, Fareham, Hampshire until  22 March 2014.

Find out more about Anchor's plans for The Mount.

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