New gateway to Forest’s wartime pastPUBLISHED ON: 6 JUNE 2018
The wartime history of the New Forest National Park is now more accessible than ever after moving to a new website.
Since its launch in 2012, the New Forest Remembers website has recorded the archaeology, history, memories and untold stories of World War One and Two with help from local community groups, enthusiasts and professionals.
Now this unrivalled collection has transferred to the New Forest Knowledge website to sit alongside material and articles from all eras of the Forest’s past.
This move marks the end of the New Forest Remembers website, which has demonstrated a real appetite for wartime history among the public. The site has seen over 70,000 visitors from around the world view over 400 articles on topics from bouncing bombs, to dog training in WWI trenches to D-Day preparations on the coast.
The photographs, videos and oral history recordings are now easily reachable using a map-based search system on the New Forest Knowledge site, providing a multi-media journey into the Forest’s past.
The site’s collection is also set to expand further, with groups, societies and individuals invited to contribute material to help preserve the area’s fascinating history. Users can upload articles, photographs, new information or add to existing material. Local groups can also register themselves and create a unique page on the website allowing them to curate their own content and promote their activities.
James Brown, New Forest National Park Authority Community Archaeologist, said: ‘It has been amazing to see the community support for our project to make the Forest’s past available online. We are delighted to be adding the extensive New Forest Remembers material to New Forest Knowledge so that people can continue to find out about the Forest’s important role in the World Wars for years to come.’
Kath Walker, New Forest Knowledge Project Officer, said: ‘We have such a wealth of information in the reference library at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst, so it is great to have the opportunity to make it available to more people online through this project.
‘We would encourage new users to sign up and start contributing to make this a really valuable resource for researchers of all levels and abilities.’
Content from New Forest Remembers can be viewed through the New Forest Knowledge at www.newforestheritage.org.
New Forest Knowledge is part of the Heritage Lottery Fund Our Past, Our Future landscape partnership scheme, led by the New Forest National Park Authority in conjunction with 11 key partners.
New Forest Remembers was funded and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Exxon Mobil at Fawley. Exxon Mobil at Fawley also supported the project to expand into researching and recording the New Forest during the First World War.
For more information visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/landscapepartnership.
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Churchill tanks of the Royal Tank Regiment on parade in the New Forest. TR215, image copyright Imperial War Museum.
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About the New Forest Centre
The New Forest Centre is a museum, reference library and art gallery conveniently located in Lyndhurst. The New Forest Centre aims to inspire its visitors to celebrate and conserve the New Forest. It does this by collecting, conserving and interpreting its collections and by providing educational activities and information to a broad range of audiences. In doing so, it acts in ways that are ethical, ecologically sensitive and intellectually accessible and affordable. It is owned and run by the New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust (reg. charity no: 279373).
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 www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/landscapepartnership
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. www.hlf.org.uk @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.
Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.
Beki Mole, Communications Assistant
New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646639