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Archaeologists unearth ancient origins of New Forest town

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Published on Monday 17 July 2017

Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of homes that housed some of the earliest inhabitants of a New Forest town.

New Forest archaeologists scoop national award


Published on Thursday 2 March 2017

A high-tech approach which identified over 3,000 historical sites in the New Forest has been judged the UK’s number one archaeological innovation of the last half century.

Archaeological excavations to uncover New Forest’s medieval past

heritage, medieval

Published on Monday 13 June 2016

A new archaeological project is underway in the New Forest to enable a team from the University of Winchester to shed light on the medieval landscape of the National Park.

Multi-million pound scheme enhances New Forest’s world renowned habitats


Published on Friday 18 December 2015

England’s largest environmental improvement scheme has reached its halfway point, after five years of impressive achievements in the New Forest.

Landmark grant to secure New Forest’s future


Published on Monday 26 October 2015

A partnership scheme to conserve the New Forest’s unique heritage, landscape and wildlife for future generations has received £2.8m, thanks to National Lottery players.

Help reveal secrets of First World War New Forest

Wounded wwi indian troops news article

Published on Friday 16 October 2015

Volunteers with a fascination for the New Forest’s history are being sought to help uncover details of war-time activity a hundred years ago.

New Forest hands-on history weekend for all ages


Published on Monday 29 June 2015

Pilot an underwater vehicle, handle historical artefacts and discover high-tech archaeological gadgets at a free family history event this summer.

Crowdsourcing project translates German prisoner of war newspapers in the New Forest

German prisoner of war newspaper picture credit mueller family

Published on Wednesday 24 June 2015

Newspapers written at a German prisoner of war camp in the New Forest are being translated for the first time thanks to a new crowdsourcing website.

World War I flying ace commemorated

fawley church

Published on Wednesday 4 March 2015

On 12 March 1928, World War I flying ace Flight Lieutenant Samuel ‘Kink’ Kinkead took off in a seaplane from RAF Calshot in the New Forest.

Laser scanning brings ice house to life


Published on Thursday 29 January 2015

Eating an ice cream in the idyllic New Forest is a pleasure that many of us take for granted.

New Zealand families visit 'Tin Town' site for launch of World War I project

New forest remembers world war i launch

Published on Friday 14 November 2014

Families of New Zealand soldiers wounded in the First World War have visited the hospital site where they were treated in the New Forest.

‘Tin Town’ hospital remembered as communities invited to join World War I project

World war i patients and nurses at tin town hospital in brockenhurst courtesy of tile barn centre cropped

Published on Wednesday 5 November 2014

The New Forest’s role in treating thousands of First World War troops at ‘Tin Town’ will be remembered on Armistice Day with the launch of a new historical project.

Help save the New Forest’s forgotten memorials


Published on Monday 27 October 2014

Long-forgotten gravestones and monuments in burial grounds are set for a new lease of life, and New Forest residents can help by identifying those most in need of conservation.

Packed Verderers Court hears progress in scheme to regenerate the New Forest

Ponies graze on common land

Published on Thursday 10 April 2014

A full Verderers Court of about 80 people heard how the New Forest Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) Scheme had made great progress, at its Annual General Meeting.

World War II veterans, families and volunteers celebrated at New Forest castle

Hurst Castle World War II event

Published on Friday 1 November 2013

Veterans, families and volunteers who have shed light on the New Forest’s wartime past have been celebrated at a special event.

Laser mapping uncovers hidden secrets of the New Forest

Lidar image of Iron Age Hill Fort

Published on Wednesday 25 September 2013

Ancient secrets of the New Forest have been revealed thanks to high-tech images beamed back by lasers from aircraft.

Dan Snow unveils the people’s story at New Forest World War II exhibit

New Forest Remembers WWII exhibit web

Published on Thursday 27 June 2013

Historian Dan Snow has opened a new exhibit telling the people’s story of how the New Forest was turned into a military camp during World War II.

Record number of visitors for World War II exhibition

Denny Sawmill WWII

Published on Friday 3 May 2013

A record number of people visited a World War II exhibition which shed new light on the New Forest’s pivotal role during the war.

Veteran pilot and singer launch World War II exhibition

New Forest Remembers Exhibition

Published on Tuesday 26 March 2013

A veteran pilot and a singer who entertained the troops during World War II have helped launch a special exhibition, shedding new light on the New Forest’s pivotal role during the war.

The King’s Diary: secret D-Day visit revealed

American Airmen at Winkton Camp

Published on Wednesday 20 March 2013

Details of a secret visit by Her Majesty The Queen’s father to inspect hundreds of D-Day landing craft in the New Forest have been revealed for the first time thanks to a WWII project.

Scrap book by German prisoners discovered in the New Forest

Sketch of POW camp at Setley

Published on Wednesday 6 March 2013

A scrap book of sketches, poems and Christmas greetings by German prisoners of war has been unearthed in the New Forest thanks to a project run by the New Forest National Park Authority.

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