Get hands on with history


Published Monday 7 July 2014

With a spitfire simulator, high-tech gadgets and the chance to handle historical artefacts, the New Forest Heritage Day is a unique chance to get hands on with history.

This free event on 23 July celebrates the rich history and heritage of the New Forest. Expert archaeologists and historians will run events throughout the day, including guided walks around prehistoric burial mounds and a former World War II prisoner of war camp.

A variety of local organisations will run interactive stands and talks including:

  • Bournemouth University researchers looking at shipwrecks, chicken bones and laser scanning
  • An interactive touch table to teach people about archaeology in the New Forest
  • The New Forest History and Archaeology Group sharing 40 years of research undertaken across the New Forest
  • National Park archaeologist looking at archaeological surveys, historical maps and laser mapping as well as the Forest’s role during World War I and World War II
  • The Christopher Tower New Forest Reference Library displaying archaeological material and telling historical tales.

The Heritage Day is organised by the New Forest National Park Authority at the Filly Inn near Brockenhurst as part of the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology - a national festival of over 1,000 events taking place between 12 and 27 July 2014.  

New Forest National Park Authority member John Pemberton said: ‘This event is a unique opportunity for anybody interested in finding out more about the fascinating history of the New Forest, as it gathers a huge number of local experts under one roof.

‘I hope people will enjoy getting hands on to discover how events in the Forest’s past have shaped the National Park into the area we all value so highly today.’

The New Forest Heritage Day runs between 10am and 5pm on 23 July and is a drop in event with no booking required. For more information visit


Notes to editor:

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

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Media Contact:

Matt Stroud, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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