Conference provides unique look into Forest’s history and archaeology

Josie Lawrence at NFK conference 2017

Published Thursday 23 November 2017

More than 130 people came together to discover more about the fascinating history and archaeology of the New Forest at a special two day conference.

Local community groups, academics and professionals took part in the event at Lyndhurst Community Centre to share their knowledge of the National Park and discover more about research taking place across the Forest.

Organised by the New Forest Centre and New Forest National Park Authority, the conference showcased research on topics from D-Day remains at Lepe to the Domesday account of the New Forest and using aerial imagery for research.
The conference was also the launch event for New Forest Knowledge, an online gateway at providing access to historical information about the National Park.

New Forest Knowledge allows individuals and groups of all abilities and interests to add their own research, articles and photographs to expand the existing catalogue of information about the New Forest. Current collections catalogued include archive material from the World Wars and historical literary works.

New Forest Knowledge Project Officer Kath Walker, said: ‘I am absolutely delighted with the response to the conference and the launch of the New Forest Knowledge website. We wanted to give people the opportunity to share their research on an equal platform. It gave a flavour of what work is being done in and around the Forest and by whom, and hopefully inspired others to get involved. It was a real triumph for partnership working.’

New Forest National Park Authority Community Archaeologist James Brown, said: ‘The Forest has such a wide and important range of archaeological history and is fascinating to both professionals and enthusiasts. It’s important to connect people with their local heritage and it’s always fantastic to see groups sharing their wealth of knowledge and discovering what else is going on around the National Park.

‘The conference was also about removing the lines between these groups and creating a more united archaeological community in the Forest. There are some great opportunities coming up for people to get involved in and the conference was a fantastic way to present these, along with findings from previous research.’

New Forest Knowledge is part of a Heritage Lottery Fund Our Past, Our Future Landscape Partnership Scheme led by the New Forest National Park Authority in conjunction with 11 key partners. For more information, visit


Notes to Photo Editor:

Bournemouth University archaeology student Josie Hagan speaks at this year's New Forest Knowledge Conference.

Notes to Editor:

Our Past, Our Future

Our Past, Our Future is a Landscape Partnership Scheme for the New Forest which, supported by Heritage Lottery Funding, will undertake a range of projects to restore lost habitats, develop Forest skills and inspire a new generation to champion and care for the New Forest. The partnership focuses on the enclosed lands which surround the Open Forest.

The five year scheme is being led by the New Forest National Park Authority working alongside several delivery and funding partners, including the New Forest Land Advice Service.

For more information on Our Past, Our Future visit

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. @heritagelottery @HLFSouthEast

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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