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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-archives-researchers-trip-5-tickets-40899718158

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 www.nfknowledge.org 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: https://nfknowledge.org/datasources/nfk-conference-2017/

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

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