150th Anniversary Year of the Friends of the New Forest

On November 13th the final event of the 150th Anniversary Year of the Friends of the New Forest will be held, and we should like to invite you and your members to come. Please share this invitation with your members.

Very kindly, Lord Montagu will be hosting us in the John Montagu Theatre at Beaulieu Motor Museum for an evening of films covering various aspects of local history. The films to be presented by Lord Montagu will include some previously seen favourites, but also newly discovered films of the New Forest including some rare pre-war colour film.

The film show will be held on Monday 13th November:
Doors open 7.00pm, films start at 7.30pm. Entry by ticket only.

There is no charge for tickets, but with much to campaign about in the New Forest this will be a fundraising event for the Friends of the New Forest with a donations collection. So, don’t forget to bring your purses and wallets – for every £5 you give Gift Aid will add a further £1.25

Click below to book your tickets:


Make this Autumn Special

God’s House Tower Tours

Why is this medieval tower called Gods House? What is its connection with Henry V, Pilgrims and Criminals. Join us on a tower tour, the last chance to visit the tower before it closes for restoration for the next 12 months. Our knowledgeable guides will tell you about the towers 800 year history, as well as plans for the future, and you will get the chance to see the spectacular views from the top of the tower over Southampton Water.
This tour is not accessible for those with lack of mobility – but in 2018 a new lift will have been installed and we will be offering new tours and look forward to welcoming you then. Access to the tower tours is limited so we recommend that you pre-book to avoid disappointment.
There are 4 tours at 11.00 a.m., 12.00 noon.,  2.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m

Gods House Tower Tour (419365)
On: Sat 25th Nov, 2017
At: Southampton God’s House Tower
15 places only
Start: 11:00 a.m.
Price: £5.00
For Booking:  https://www.wegottickets.com/event/419365
Gods House Tower Tour (419367)
On: Sat 25th Nov, 2017
At: Southampton God’s House Tower
15 places only
Start 12:00 noon
Price: £5.00
For Booking:  https://www.wegottickets.com/event/419367
Gods House Tower Tour (419368)
On: Sat 25th Nov, 2017
At: Southampton God’s House Tower
15 places only
Start 2.00 p.m.
Price: £5.00
For Booking:  https://www.wegottickets.com/event/419368

Gods House Tower Tour (419369)
On: Sat 25th Nov, 2017
At: Southampton God’s House Tower
15 places only
Start 3.00 p.m.
Price: £5.00
For Booking:  https://www.wegottickets.com/event/419369


Victoria and Eugenie Walk
If you have loved the TV programme Victoria, then why not join us for a promenade around early Victorian Southampton. The Queen was very familiar with the town as a princess, a Queen and as an Empress. It is not so well known however that Southampton also has a link with the Empress Eugenie of France. Find out about Victorian Heroes, how the need to serve the Empire transformed Southampton, and other feisty women. The walk will finish on nearby Oxford Street, one of the first Victorian building projects in the town where there is the opportunity to take tea at the Docks Coffee House. Tickets are limited to 30, we recommend that you pre-book ……

Victoria & Eugenie (418965)
On: Saturday, 2nd Dec, 2017

Meet at: Southampton, the Gordon Monument, in Queen’s Park (opposite Dock gate 4)
30 places only, Start 11:00 a.m. Price: £5.00
For Booking:   https://www.wegottickets.com/event/418965


Medieval Walls and Vaults Guided Walk
Every Saturday and Sunday:  11.00 a.m.
Start from the Bargate (south side).
Adult £5.00 (accompanied children go free).
Pay the guide on the day.
The Ticket includes discounts.

Walk description; Southampton’s Old Walls are some of the best preserved in the country. This walk takes in the visually stunning western walls of the medieval town.  Visitors will have the opportunity of traversing the top of long sections of the walls; and climb the highest remaining tower.


The Southampton Tourist Guides Association have been piloting a new ‘escalator’ training programme for tourist guides in collaboration with the Institute of Tourist Guiding.  The scheme has just seen 21 guides complete the first phase of their training which was an ‘enhanced’ White Badge curriculum. As well as studying for examination on two sites [and the first sites in the region to have white badge guides] the students also undertook additional training which was developed in conjunction with the heritage sites.

At the ceremony the students were presented their badges and certifications by the Association’s patron, the Mayor of Southampton, and Marilyn Collis, Deputy President of the ITG and were addressed by Mark King, Chairman of the Guild. The course received sponsorship from three Heritage Lottery Funded projects – Netley Hospital, Gods House Tower and the Jane Austen Festival.
“We are thrilled at the positive response to the training course, and to have so many students set to become tourist guides, some already have their sights set on the coveted Blue Badge.” says course director Dr Cheryl Butler.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT on two recently published local history books

New Forest Knowledge Conference 2017

Unearth the New Forest’s past at a special two-day event 

Immerse yourself in the fascinating history and archaeology of the New Forest in the company of experts and enthusiasts.

From Roman pottery finds near Fordingbridge to architecture created by the author of Sherlock Holmes, and the Forest during the World Wars, the 2017 New Forest Knowledge Conference celebrates the archaeological and historical research being carried out in and around the National Park.

The two-day conference will take place on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October at Lyndhurst Community Centre from 9.30am until 5pm.

Join researchers and students from Oxford, Reading, Southampton and Winchester Universities, as well as representatives from Beaulieu History Society, the New Forest Centre, the New Forest National Park Authority and Southampton Archaeology Unit, as we discuss the Forest’s rich archaeological past and its future.

The conference will explore what research is taking place across the Forest and by whom, and will report the results of recent work to reveal more about the Forest’s history. It will also present new techniques and approaches being used by researchers, including Airborne Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) and how you can get involved.

Local community groups, enthusiasts and academics will be presenting a fascinating mix of papers across the two days, with informative displays and stands from local community groups and students, including the New Forest History and Archaeology Group.

The Saturday conference will be the official launch of New Forest Knowledge, an online gateway created by the Heritage Lottery Fund Our Past, Our Future landscape partnership scheme. The gateway will allow individuals and groups of all abilities and interests to contribute their own research, articles and photographs to the existing catalogue of information about the New Forest’s past, drawn from museums, libraries and archives.

New Forest National Park Authority Community Archaeologist James Brown said: ‘You don’t need to be an expert in archaeology or the National Park to attend either day of the conference and it’s a great opportunity to support local groups and the work they do. After the presentations there will be time to enjoy informal chats with other individuals and representatives from local community groups and organisations.’

New Forest Centre Ecademy Project Officer Dr Kath Walker said: ‘Our aim is to bring people together and encourage them to share their research on an equal platform.’

For the full programme visit www.newforestknowledgeconference.eventbrite.co.uk

Day tickets to the conference cost £20, with a two-day ticket discounted at £30. Tickets are available online until midnight on Sunday 22 October

The New Forest Knowledge conference is part of the Our Past, Our Future landscape partnership scheme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Lunch and refreshments are provided and there will be tea and coffee breaks throughout both days.

For any enquiries, please email archaeology@newforesnpa.gov.uk or call James Brown on 01590 646695.

James Brown
Community Archaeologist
Direct Line: 01590 646695

Exhibition in Boldre

You might be interested in this exhibition. I’m told there will be featured several local people who have been involved in conflicts during and since World War 2. These will include David Balme, who you might remember from the talk that Ray Mayes gave in February to our Society.
There should be many exhibits illustrating the history of Boldre and its surroundings, from previous exhibitions.