The Allen Gallery is a Hampshire County Council facility and is therefore operated within HCC’s rigorous Health & Safety Policies.
All activities for visiting school pupils and the resources used in these activities are risk assessed.
The Allen Gallery is on Alton’s Church Street, a two-way street in the town centre. If you are using a coach, your driver will drop you directly outside or nearby on the same side of the road.
The Gallery has two floors which are accessed by two stair cases; one stair case is near the front of the building, the other at the back. There is a visitor toilet at the Gallery, which is accessed via the garden.
A small gift shop and the gallery’s reception are at the front of the building on entering. To the right is the gallery coffee shop and the special exhibitions gallery is beyond this, with access through the coffee shop or by going past the reception to the left.
The Gallery’s permanent displays are on the left hand side of the ground floor and upstairs.
The Gallery is open to members of the public 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Friday during the week, so there will be other visitors in the building when you visit.
If you have booked a facilitated session, your Interpreter-Demonstrator will oversee your activities, including ensuring everyone in your group is aware of the handling rules.
Handling rules – your Interpreter-Demonstrator will explain why visitors aren’t able to handle everything in our museums. They will also ask that everyone (adults and pupils alike) take care when handling our collections by 1. only handling one object at a time and 2. using two hands with each object.
It’s advisable to wash your hands before you arrive at the Museum for a session and again before you eat anything if you have handled museum collections.
Your Interpreter-Demonstrator will introduce the building to you and will advise you what to do if you hear an alarm during your visit.
Please note that responsibility for pupils and their behaviour remains with teachers/accompanying adults at all times.