Small furniture for small museum visitors

Sets of child-sized furniture have been introduced to Winchester Museum to help younger children feel more at home during their visits.

Colouring-in sheets and crayons are also provided to keep them amused and occupied while their older brothers and sisters enjoy the many hands-on activities available.

There are also new baby-changing facilities, along with a seat and step-up box to assist with toilet training, in the museum's toilet.

Winchester City Council's museum's visitor services manager Sher Kent, said the new facilities and activities had been provided in response to requests from visitors. "We are sure that that they will help people to enjoy their time in the museum and allow them to appreciate Winchester's heritage even more," she added.

Children of all ages and their parents can also take part in new fun quizzes. Budding history detectives can hunt for weird and wonderful objects from the past during their look around the museum and successful sleuths will receive a sticker badge.

Admission is free and winter opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 12 noon-4pm.