New Forest LoCATE project

Dear MHS members.

The New Forest National Parks community archaeologist is offering local history groups the opportunity to receive training in the use of some equipment which could help in geophysical survey projects. At this point in time we have no planned Geophysical surveys in the Milton area. However, after training we may have a better understanding of the potential that the equipment offers. The last large scale archaeological dig in Milton that I am aware of was by Mrs Gill Hurst in 1956 in the Moat Lane area.

Would anyone be interested in this training? If so please can you get in touch with me. I will collate names and pass them on to the NFNP.


Nick Saunders
Milton Heritage Society.



Dear Local Group,

We would like to offer you the opportunity for some free geophysical training and access to geophysical equipment as part of the New Forest LoCATE project.

LoCATE (Local Community Archaeological Training and Equipment) is a partnership between archaeologists at Bournemouth University and the New Forest National Park Authority, to provide training on the use of, and access to geophysical survey equipment. The current equipment that is freely available for groups to book out and use in their own time is a FM36 Magnetometer and a RM15 Resistivity meter. These have been supplied and maintained by Bournemouth University who also provide free training for interested users. The goal is to enable an even greater contribution to the understanding of the rich archaeological heritage of our region. We are also about to add a total station to the LoCATE equipment pool (more on this in the near future).

The equipment is made freely available to local groups (booked out online and then collect from NFNPA HQ in Lymington) to use on their own projects and in their own time once they have attended one of the free training sessions run by Bournemouth University. The next training day will be on Friday 2nd of March in Lyndhurst.

You can find out more about the LoCATE project here: or see some of the results and activities of various groups on the LoCATE Facebook page:

Please let me know if some of your group may be interested in attending and I will send over some more details, please also know if you have already been on the training, but might want to partake in a little refresher session.

Best wishes,

James Brown
Community Archaeologist

Upcoming NFNP Diary Dates

Dear MHS Members

I would particularly like to draw your attention to free trip to the National Archives at Kew on 23rd of January 2018. The coach departs from the main car park in Lyndhurst at 08.00. This is a fantastic opportunity to research your family, or Milton Parish history. Click on the link below to reserve your place. Also note the date of the next Community Heritage Forum where history and heritage groups from across the forest can meet to network, discuss research projects and seek help or advice for their projects. I was pleased to see that NFNP intend to run further training sessions in 2018 including one oral history recording. I will let you know the dates of these opportunities when they are announced. Have a look at the New Forest Knowledge website which has just been launched. The link to the site is below. This will become a great resource for all of us and there is a fair amount of Milton Parish coverage.


Nick Saunders


Milton Heritage Society

Good afternoon one and all,

I hope you are all enjoying the countdown to Christmas, I just wanted to take the opportunity to contact you with a few upcoming events in December 2017 and January 2018 and would appreciate it if you would please circulate this to your members.

Dates for the Diary:

Community Heritage Forum – Thursday 25th January 2018.

Our next Community Heritage Forum will be hosted by the Fordingbridge Historical Society at the Avonway Community Centre, Fordingbridge from 19:30. More details to follow in the New Year.

This will once again be an opportunity to meet with other community heritage and archaeology groups working in the Forest to discuss current research, projects, training and potential opportunities. There will be our usual open platform where all groups are invited to talk about their current activities and projects, promote your current research, seek some help or advice if needed and engage with your other local groups. All groups are free to talk if they would like for up to 5 minutes. We would also encourage groups to bring any information or publications they want to circulate for a literature exchange during the forum. We will again look to bring in some key speakers.

Next trip to the National Archives – Tuesday 23rd January 2018.

The fifth trip to the National Archives will be early in the New Year so a good opportunity to put your New Year’s Heritage Research Resolutions into practice. Will operate in the usual way with coach leaving Lyndhurst at 8am arriving at 10am to give you free reign of the archives until coach leaves at 5pm. Tickets are still free due to ongoing interest in the trips and you can book your coach place here:

Training Opportunities

Following the success of the recent GIS training for local groups we will be running some more sessions in early 2018 along with some Oral History training sessions and some reformatted social media training sessions.

If there is anything your group would be interested in receiving training or skill development in please let me know as we can use Heritage Lottery Funding to bring in the experts required to help you.


New Forest Knowledge

The New Forest Knowledge website was launched at the recent New Forest Knowledge Conference. If you haven’t visited it yet why not pop over to and take a look. I would encourage to you have a play around and see what we have been developing. The ambition is to provide a free and easy location for you to access New Forest material in various national and local archives and databases. There is also the ability for you to register and add your own contributions as well as the opportunity for groups to register, create their own pages to promote their activities and curate their own content. If you have any questions about the site, content or registering please get in touch.

All of the talks that were filmed at the New Forest Knowledge will be going live on the New Forest Knowledge website shortly so keep your eyes peeled on:

Lepe Heritage

Some of you may have seen this already, but if not Lepe have put out a call to arms:

An exciting opportunity to collaborate with volunteers, local organisations and others to ensure that Lepe’s heritage remains at the heart of the experience visitors have at Lepe, is about to be kick-started by the team at the Park.

Staff are looking for any willing volunteers who have an interest in Lepe’s heritage who might have a few hours a month to give to a variety of projects over the next year or so. We already have some tangible outcomes we’re looking to achieve, so if you might be able to help, please come along to a meeting on Wednesday 6th December in the Lepe classroom between 2pm – 3pm (with hot drinks & cake, naturally!).

The team at Lepe will share what they’re keen to achieve and to ask for volunteers to sign up to join a steering group. This group will be chaired by a member of the Park team but the projects involved will very much be a collaboration of the group.

Alternatively, if you’re unable to make the meeting, please contact either Anna or Gerrie in the Park office on 02380 899108 who will be able to tell you more.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to working with you all in the New Year.

James Brown

Community Archaeologist

St Barbe Museum – Explore the Archive Week

Dear MHS Member
Please see the attached advert from the St Barbe Museum, offering free guided tours of the archives following their refurbishment. The invitation runs from Monday 13th to Friday 17th of November from 11.00 to 1.00 pm. Entry to the archives is free. This is an excellent opportunity to see what material relevant to Milton Parish the museum holds.
Nick Saunders
Milton Heritage Society

The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum Talk

Dear MHS member
The below talk may be of interest to some of you. It is on the Battle  of Cambrai which took place 100 years ago in November 1917. This was the first mass use of tanks. The British made a spectacular breakthrough of the German Hindenburg line but lost a lot of the ground that had been captured to German counter attacks.
The talk is being given in the Royal Green Jackets museum (The Rifles) in Winchester on Thursday 9th of November at 6.15 pm . You need to book tickets for this presentation.  The details are below.
Nick Saunders
Milton Heritage Society.

Winchester’s Military Museums
An event organised by The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum

“The Battle of Cambrai 1917”

An evening talk by
Lt Col Geoffrey Vesey-Holt
6.15pm Thursday 9 November
in The Kincaid Gallery
The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum

In less that two years between January 1916 and November 1917 British tanks went from the first tank “Mother”, through their first modest support to the infantry at the Battle of Flers in September 1916, the disaster of Bullecourt in April 1917 and the mud of Flanders in the summer and autumn 1917 to, arguably, the first modern battle of history, the Battle of Cambrai.
Third Army, employing a combination of tanks, artillery, and infantry including six battalions of the KRRC and Rifle Brigade, with aircraft in support smashed their way through the formidable defences of the Hindenburg Line on the morning of 20 November 1917.
Geoffrey Vesey-Holt was a regular officer in the Royal Tank Regiment (RTR) and a graduate of Durham University in Modern History and of the French Staff College. He served in 1 RTR and then specialised in the Weapons Acquisition Stream and, not surprisingly, the acquisition of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs).  He is currently working on the RTR’s commemorations of the 100th anniversary of World War 1 (the first tanks were used in 1916 and first tank to tank action was in 1918).  He is writing a two volume history of the Tank Corps covering 1918, running pro bono battlefield tours and giving lectures.

Tickets for the talk, including a glass (or two) of wine plus canapes after the talk, cost £15.00 per person (£12.50 for Friends of the Museum).  Tickets must be booked in advance through the Museum Curator, Mrs Christine Pullen, at:

The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum
Peninsula Barracks
Romsey Road
Winchester, Hants.  SO23 8TS
Tel: 01962 828549   e-mail:
or online –

New Forest Knowledge Conference 2017

Dear MHS Member
Please see the below invitation to take part in a local history conference at Lyndhurst on 27th and 28th of October. It looks like it could be a great opportunity for networking with other heritage societies as well as learning what other groups are doing and what shared resources are available to us in the MHS.
I will be attending on both days if someone is considering going but needs a lift from New Milton.
Nick Saunders
Milton Heritage Society

Good morning,

I would really appreciate if you could circulate the following email to your members, about our upcoming New Forest History and Archaeology Conference? Thank you and I hope to see you there.

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

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 or call James Brown on 01590 646695.

James Brown

Community Archaeologist

Henry Tandey VC – New Forest

Dear MHS member
I would like to bring to your attention the attached flyer for a play that is going to be performed at the Forest Arts Centre on October 27th.
Henry Tandy VC was one of the most highly decorated soldiers in WW1. He fought through the entirety of the war. Much to his astonishment Henry discovered he had the chance to change history. He spared a wounded German soldier in 1918 and that soldier turned out to be Hitler. This decision, unsurprisingly, haunted him for the rest of his life.
The play, using multi-media and song, effectively tells the story of the war and then the aftermath.
Nick Saunders
Milton Heritage Society

October Meeting

Dear MHS Member

Just a short reminder that on Friday 13th of October we have another history
talk. The subject this month is General Sir Henry Clinton. The talk will be
given by Stephen Petty, formerly head of history at Durlston Court School.
Sir Henry Clinton was an enigmatic army officer who lived at Ashley Clinton
in the south eastern part of our parish. He was a career soldier who fought
alongside Wellington at the battle of Waterloo. He died at an early age and
is commemorated in St Mary Magdalene Church in Old Milton.

The talk will start at 7.00 pm in the War Memorial Centre off Whitefield
Road. Afterwards there will be tea and coffee served and the bar will be

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Nick Saunders
Milton Heritage Society

Inaugural Meeting – 29/09/17

Hello All
Just to remind you that our inaugural meeting takes place on Friday 29th of September 2017 at 7.00 pm in the War Memorial Centre.

A brief history of Milton Parish will be given by Nick Saunders, Chairman of the Milton Heritage Society. This talk will give an overview of the history of Old Milton, New Milton, Barton on Sea, Ashley and Bashley.  The talk will be illustrated with maps and images contrasting how our town looked in the past with how it has developed today.

At this meeting there will also be a short inaugural AGM and a forum where the committee will discuss with the membership the future plans of the MHS.

I look forward to seeing you all on Friday 29th of September 2017.


Nick Saunders

Be Involved – 16th September 2017

Dear Member,
I am very happy to announce to the Milton Heritage Society Membership
that Martin Axton has agreed to join our committee as the heritage
research coordinator. Martin was born in New Milton and lived all his
formative years in the New Milton Parish. His parents moved to Sea Road
Barton on Sea in 1952 where he attended St. Georges School in
Highcliffe, and then in 1957 to High Ridge Crescent in Ashley where he
attended Ashley Secondary School, where he was fortunate enough to be
taught History by the late great Arthur Lloyd. Martin was inspired by
Arthur Lloyd’s enthusiastic teaching, which made him decide to become a
History teacher later in his career.

We want the Milton Heritage Society to be more than just a group who
meet once a month for a talk and attend the occasional exhibition. The
MHS wants to inspire and motivate it’s members to carry out their own
research on local history or heritage matters. This can either be
carried out as an individual or in groups. The Milton Heritage Society
will offer guidance and support and will suggest methods of funding for
the research. In some cases, the MHS will be able to provide some data
and material to start the project off. It is hoped that members will
also contribute skills and knowledge to the various research groups. It
is intended that the material gathered by the groups will be written up
and published on the MHS website and in the form of books or pamphlets.
Martin Axton will coordinate and liaise with the groups. He is
contactable via e mail: or via 01425 276971.

Some suggestions for future research topics are; The naming of our
streets, a record of buildings of heritage merit in Milton Parish,
Milton Parish in the two World Wars, the three bombings of New Milton,
the fossils of the Barton Levels, the poor law and welfare in Victorian
Milton, the railway station, literary connections to Milton Parish,
education in Milton Parish through the ages, Marconi wireless
experiments in Barton on Sea, the water tower, the Indian Army in Barton
on Sea 1914-1915. We welcome your suggestions for interesting research

On Saturday 16th of September the MHS will be supporting the New Milton
Town Council project called ‘Be Involved. This is a way of promoting the
wide ranging community activities in New Milton for all ages and
abilities. The MHS will have a table of local historic maps and images
on display in the War Memorial Centre from 10.00 until 16.00. Martin
Axton will be available for MHS members to meet and to discuss any
historical research projects that they want to start up. In addition the
MHS chairman, Nick Saunders, will be leading a heritage walk around New
Milton. The walk will last an hour during which Nick will give a brief
history of the area and show historic images of locations encountered en
route. There will be one walk at 11.30 and another at 14.30 both leaving
from the car park of the War Memorial Centre.
For more information go to

Nick Saunders
Chairman Milton Heritage Society
01425 618549