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St Barbe Museum exhibitions look at life on the High Street and the history of the coastguard

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LIFE on Lymington High Street and the 200-year history of Her Majesty’s Coastguard Service are the inspiration for exhibitions at the St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery.

The first explores the heritage of the High Street dating back to the 12th century when it received charter status, and also looks at modern day uses of the picturesque town centre.

A St Barbe spokesperson said: “So you think you know all about Lymington High Street – have you stood and cheered the floats in the carnival, taken part in the Remembrance Parade or do you buy your vegetables from the market every Saturday? It may feel very familiar, but it didn’t always look as it does now.”

Lymington High Street by Alick Summers (55319624)
Lymington High Street by Alick Summers (55319624)

As well as being home to the market, shops and businesses that helped Lymington thrive, it has also provided the setting for processions and ceremonies that marked local traditions and national events.

The exhibition, running until 23rd April, will explore the past, present and future of the High Street through objects, photographs, drawings, maps and interviews collected from and by those who have lived, worked and celebrated there.

The second showcase explores the history of Her Majesty’s Coastguard service, established in 1822.

Highlights will include a look back at the dramatic rescue of 32 restaurant goers at Milford in 2014 and the Chief Coastguard’s commendation awarded to the local team.

Visitors will also be able to learn about Captain Charles Freemantle’s 1820s heroic rescue of the crew of a stricken vessel in Christchurch Bay.

Past and current nautical equipment will also be on show.

The 200th anniversary celebratory showcase will be on display until April 9th. Visit www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk

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