Remembering the devastating New Milton bombing 80 years on

DONALD Tomkins (88) was among those for whom the dramatic and tragic events of 23rd August 1940 will be forever on their minds. Eight years old at the time, Donald was standing on the town’s...

GALLERY: New online exhibition on history of the Forest’s commoning families

ACCOUNTS of commoning life by well-known New Forest families have been recorded for a new online exhibition. Through Our Ancestors’ Eyes features the stories of 20 families and hundreds of photographs depicting local commoning, forestry...

Gardening couple turned detectives to restore home’s hidden secrets

WHEN Philip and Margaret Daubeney bought their home with its vast, overgrown grounds, little did they know of the garden's historical significance – or that it would take them more than 25 years and...
VE Day

VE Day anniversary organisers appeal for memories and mementos

COMMUNITIES across the New Forest are preparing to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day with appeals to residents to come forward with memories and mementos of the time. The effort is to bring to...

Museum launches fundraising appeal to expand cultural reach

A DOUBLE campaign has been launched by Lymington’s St Barbe museum to raise funds and boost public engagement. The activity has twin aims of providing new services for those who currently have little or no...

Captain’s watch tells story of moon explorers and Middle East royalty

A SPECIAL watch gifted by the team of astronauts who made the first moon landing has been put up for auction by a former pilot from Christchurch. How it came to be in the hands...
New Forest tree graffiti

Make your digital mark by adding to New Forest tree graffiti map

VISITORS to the New Forest are being asked to report historic tree graffiti so the national park authority can record an insight into its past. Although graffiti is seen as a modern blight on urban...

Hidden secrets revealed in makeover of village’s historic graveyard

A PROJECT to restore gravestones at Lyndhurst has led to a new path being laid which leads to the last resting place of Alice Liddell – the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland. Volunteers and experts...

‘What are the chances?’ Care home resident discovers staff’s family link

A CARE home resident who was researching her family tree discovered she was related to two of the staff. Keen genealogist Janet Pack, who has lived at West Cliff Hall in Hythe for the last...
New Forest Walking Festival

Walking researchers seek New Forest myths and memories

RESEARCHERS are on the hunt for New Forest memories and folklore around five specially chosen walking routes. The national park authority is looking for stories and history to give some factual or mythical colour to...
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