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Coordinates: 51°15′59″N 1°06′41″W / 51.2665°N 1.1115°W / 51.2665; -1.1115
Milestones, Hampshire’s living history museum
Milestones Museum Entrance -Thornycroft Special Event 09 - IMG 4270.jpg
Milestones Museum Front Entrance, taken from the carpark, During the Thornycroft special event in 2009
Established 01 December 2000
Location Basingstoke, Hampshire, England
Type Heritage centre
Public transit access Basingstoke railway station and Centre Shuttle (bus)
Website http://www.milestones-museum.com/
Milestones Museum interior overlooking the streets from Balcony - rhs -09 - IMG 4139

The view of the recreated street scene looking to the Thornycroft factory in the distance

Milestones Museum is a museum located in Basingstoke, Hampshire, in the United Kingdom. It is made up of a network of streets that have been recreated based on those found in Victorian and 1930s Hampshire. The museum was partially created to house the collection from the Taskers Museum that was closed down when the firm shut. A trust bought some of the collection as well as Hampshire county council, at the Auction of the contents by Christies the auctioneers.

The MuseumEdit

It was opened on 1 December 2000 by HRH Duke of Edinburgh [1][2] as a joint project between Hampshire County Council and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.[3]

ExhibitsEdit

Features include recreations of:

  • a Victorian public house
  • a Victorian railway station
  • a Victorian Ironmonger
  • a Victorian terraced house
  • a 1930s town with shops;
    • Sweet shop
    • Toy shop (with original toys)
    • Record and television shop (including original equipment)
    • Photographic shop
    • Garage
    • Bicycle repair shop
    • Park with bandstand
    • Fire station
  • Thornycroft factory
  • Taskers factory & workshop displays
  • Wallis & Steevens factory facade
  • Machines made by local firm Lansing Bagnall

Vehicle collectionEdit

There is a large collection of road vehicles, notably by former local companies Taskers of Andover, Thornycroft and Wallis & Steevens, including recreations of there premises using some original parts salvaged from them prior to demolition.

Special eventsEdit

The museum hosts a number of special events throughout the year.

  • The Thornycroft Society's Road Run being of note with a number of examples returning to the museum which is sited within sight of the original factory. The Road Run starting and ending at the museum and traving a scenic route round Hampshire.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Wikipedia for base article, to build on with collection details.

External linksEdit



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