2017 – 2018 Milton Heritage Society talks

Friday 29th September 2017. A brief history of Milton Parish 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.

 Friday 13th of October 2017. General Sir Henry Clinton, 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. 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.

Friday 24th of November 2017. The talk will be given by Tony Davies Director, Smith Bradbeer & Co Ltd. He will tell the history of Bradbeers from 1837, including the New Milton department store & its future.

There will be no speaker in December.

26th of January 2018 the talk will be on Eling Tide Mill given by Ruth Kerr the community outreach officer for the Mill.  Eling Tide Mill – past, present and future. The Eling Experience is closed for a major refurbishment project covering all aspects of the site. The jewel in their crown is Eling Tide Mill – one of the last two tide mills in the UK still able to mill flour regularly. This talk looks at the history of Eling Tide Mill and sheds light on what visitors can expect from the site when it re-opens in 2018.

On 23rd of February the speaker will be David Hopkins the Hampshire County Archaeologist. He will be talking about the Historic Environment Record of Hampshire. He will give a fascinating potted account of Hampshire through time drawing on examples from the Milton area.

On 16th of March 2017 the speaker is Eddie Curry the Director of New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times. The talk will be entitled:

New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times – Looking back and looking forward.

The talk will review the history of this family run business from 1928 until present day, as well as looking to the challenges and opportunities for a local paper in the 21st century.   Technology used has changed massively but other aspects of the company still relies on the same journalistic skills.

One of the biggest challenges today is working out what should change and what should remain the same.  The paper continues to have a very loyal following but also needs to adapt and change to stay alive and well in a rapidly changing world.  There is a need to keep a balance between providing a service to the community as well as a sound business that maintains over 35 local jobs.

The talk will include some old and new photos and video clips and an insight into a very unique New Milton business.


If you have are able to give a presentation on local history or heritage in the Milton Parish area or nearby then please contact the Milton Heritage Society Speakers Secretary, Clive Rigden via e mail clive@rigden.net. Or via 07860526679


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