History weekend attracts visitors of all ages


Published Wednesday 22 July 2015

Hundreds of people headed to the coast last weekend to learn about the New Forest’s enthralling past at a hands-on history event.

Run by the New Forest National Park Authority, the New Forest Heritage Weekend celebrated the extraordinary history of the area. More than 500 visitors of all ages took part in activities, joined guided walks and listened to talks from expert archaeologists during the two day event.

Highlights during the weekend included:

  • The CITiZAN team teaching people how to survey and record archaeological sites being lost to the sea
  • The unveiling of a periscope that allowed anybody to look inside a newly restored Cold War bunker
  • An interactive computer touch table to help children learn about archaeology in the New Forest
  • The chance for children to colour in a World War II plane and bring it to life using an iPad

The Heritage Weekend took place on the coast at Lepe Country Park near Exbury, as part of the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology - a national festival of more than 1,000 events between 11 and 26 July 2015. 

New Forest National Park Authority archaeologist Lawrence Shaw, said: ‘It was great to have so many people along to the Heritage Weekend to learn about the rich history of the New Forest, as well as the different project and interest groups that are working within it.

‘We hope to build on the success of this year’s event and run a hands-on history event again next summer, so that even more people can engage with the past in a fun and interactive way.’

For more information on the New Forest’s history, heritage and archaeology visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/heritage.


Notes to photo editor:

A girl uses an iPad to bring a drawing of a World War Two aeroplane to life at the New Forest Heritage Weekend 2015.

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.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more

Media Contact:

Matt Stroud, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: matt.stroud@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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