Upcoming events in Local Area

Dear Members and Friends,You might be interested in some of the events shown below. If you any queries or want to book, send to Heather Needham, don’t send anything to me!

We do encourage all of our supporters to come along to our events. All of the events help to raise awareness of the variety of archives and interactions with them. Those events with a ticket price are helping to support the work of the Archives and Local Studies service, so please do support those if you can. Tickets will sell quickly for the event on 12 March, Hampshire Travels the World, as John Pilkington is a popular speaker, so book early to avoid disappointment and to take advantage of the cheaper early bird rate!  

Monday 25 February, 6.30pm – 8.30pm,
Voices for Heritage LGBT History Month Event
See some of Hampshire’s LGBT archives and hear about ‘Aspects of Hampshire’s Queer History’ with guest speaker Dr Clifford Williams https://www.hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives/archives/events/details?id=416173No admission charge, book by emailing dawn@yservices.co.uk .  

 Saturday 2 March, 9.45am – 1.00pm,
Community Archive Forum
As in previous years the Community Archive Forum provides an opportunity for representatives of local history societies and similar organisations in Hampshire to showcase what they have been doing; to network; and to share their experiences. It enables anyone with an interest in the county’s history to hear what is happening at local level and be inspired to get involved. The Forum is now a collaborative venture between Hampshire Archives and Local Studies and the Local History Section of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society. This year, there will be contributions from:

  • Milford on Sea Historical Record Society
  • Christchurch History Society
  • Ashburton Court, Southsea, research project
  • Hyde 900
  • Hampshire Constabulary History Society
  • plus a panel discussion on publications: journals, newsletters and occasional; including allocation of responsibilities; securing contributions; format; editing; financial considerations; marketing and distribution; web presence.

The Forum will be held in the cinema at Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester. This is a free event, and places are limited. https://www.hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives/archives/events/details?id=416174
To book, please telephone Hampshire Record Office on 01962 846154 or email archives.enquiries@hants.gov.uk no later than 25 February.    

Tuesday 12 March, 6.30pm-9pm
Hampshire Travels the World The Silk Road from Georgia to Afghanistan: 
Join Hampshire’s own explorer and broadcaster John Pilkington in an exciting journey across Central Asia. In 2011 John followed a spectacular branch of the Silk Road, starting in the Caucasus and crossing the Caspian Sea to Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand. Then, reeling from the beauty of those legendary cities, he turned south-east to explore the High Pamirs of Afghanistan – a region well-known to Marco Polo – before making a dramatic finale at the source of the Oxus in the heart of Central Asia. His stunning photos and some hair-raising stories will make this an evening not to be missed. John is one of Britain’s most experienced adventurers and public speakers. For many years he was a broadcaster with the BBC World Service and Radio 4, making travel documentaries and contributing to programmes such as ‘From Our Own Correspondent’. But it’s for his thought-provoking, beautifully illustrated talks that people know him best. He has spoken to over 1,000 audiences in six countries, and holds the Royal Geographical Society’s much-coveted Ness Award for popularising geography and the wider understanding of the world. More about him at http://www.pilk.net .  An exhibition of archive material relating to Hampshire travellers and explorers will be on display, taking you across the world through journals and other items concerning George Marston, Ernest Shackleton and others. https://www.hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives/archives/events/details?id=416184Tickets will include a drinks reception and nibbles. Price: £14, early bird deal of £12 if booking before booking before 26 February.To book, please telephone Hampshire Record Office on 01962 846154 or email archives.enquiries@hants.gov.uk.   

Exhibition, April to June 
FORD TRANSITION TOURING EXHIBITION: From Fields to Ford and Beyond, Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester SO23 8TH.The Ford Transition touring exhibition is a repurposed version of the original April 2018 Heritage Lottery funded pop-up museum which was housed in three cargo containers at the site of the Ford Vehicle Repair Centre site off Wide Lane, Swaythling, Southampton. The exhibition explores Southampton’s shift from ‘making’ to ‘moving’ through the changing uses of one small but historically significant site. From production of aircraft parts (Cunliffe-Owen 1937-1945) to motor parts (Briggs 1949-1953) and the iconic Ford transit van (Ford 1953 – 2013) the industrial activity at the site in Swaythling highlights Southampton’s rich transport manufacturing heritage. Now, as it is redeveloped into a logistics park attracting businesses through its land, sea and air connections, the site tells a story of Southampton’s strengthening status as ‘Gateway to the World’ and its economic transition from ‘making’ (manufacturing) to ‘moving’ (logistics) industries.   

Best wishes,
Heather Needham

An interesting book?

A book you might be interested in, read the letter below for details.

 Dear Caroline,

Please can I draw your, and your members, attention my latest book that is now available?

They Turned Out So Ill! deals with the Independent Companies of Foreigners – Frenchmen who had deserted their armies in Spain and Portugal and enlisted in the British Army in the latter stages of the Napoleonic Wars.

These units were formed and trained at Lymington, some served in America (where their actions remain controversial) and others remained. The book deals with the development and operation of the Foreign Depot in the town as well as these companies. Although they were not in Lymington long these Frenchmen made a mark with riot, murder and more.

The book is the result of extensive research in archives here, in France and the USA as well as secondary sources.

It is directly available from the printers:

It can also be bought via the Amazon or Great British Bookshop sites.

Sorry for this sales pitch but after having contact with you during the research I am confident that it will be of interest. Please let me know if you need any further information or if there is anything I can help you with.

Kind regards

Alistair Nichols

Summer Outing – WILTON HOUSE

Lymington & District Historical Society
Summer Outing WILTON HOUSE
6 June 2018

We were inspired to visit Wilton House for our 2018 outing having heard Russ Foster’s talk “Wilton House and the Herberts: the arts of survival” in March. The Herberts have been at Wilton in unbroken tenure since 1544 and his fascinating talk explored this family and some of their great art treasurers.

Henry VIII granted the buildings and land to Sir William Herbert, and Wilton House has been inextricably linked to the political and artistic circles of England ever since, whilst at the same time providing employment and homes for estate workers. The present earl’s father, Henry, 17th Earl, initiated a major programme of restoration and improvements, a task which the 18th Earl is continuing to this day. These have included the addition of several new gardens and the complete renovation of the Inigo Jones South Front, including all the staterooms. In 2010 another phase of restoration included the Dining Room and Wyatt Cloisters.

Our outing began in bright sunshine at the first pick-up point in Lymington, we collected another group in New Milton and soon arrived at Wilton. Ros, the enthusiastic organiser of visiting parties, met us and we enjoyed coffee and biscuits while she told us a brief history of the house and what other exhibits there were available.

The first recorded building was a Priory in around 871, and this eventually became wealthy and powerful. By the time Wilton Abbey was dissolved in the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry Vlll, its prosperity was already waning, and Henry presented it and its attached estates to William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke around 1544.

The staterooms were designed by Inigo Jones or one of his partners and included the Double Cube Room and the Single Cube Room.

The paintings in these staterooms were truly stunning and included those by Van Dyke, Lely, Rembrandt, Reynolds and Rubens. There were very knowledgeable guides on hand to add detail to the visit and they were able to answer all our questions.

The grounds of Wilton House were a delight on this beautiful summer day, and were much enjoyed by all.

Other exhibitions included a display in the Old Riding School of the present Earl’s classic and supercar collection, and “Cecil Beaton at Wilton”, an exhibition of photographs, imaginatively displayed, celebrating Beaton’s artistic genius and lifelong association with Wilton.

Some of the group walked along to the village of Wilton to visit the church of St Mary and St Nicholas. As their website says “suddenly a piece of Italy stands before you!”

We had a pleasant journey home through the New Forest and everyone seemed to have enjoyed the various delights that Wilton had provided us with.