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Heritage on my Doorstep

Heritage on my Doorstep

Lead Partner

New Forest National Park Authority

What is it about?

Heritage on my Doorstep is getting people involved and inspired by all aspects of their local heritage. Members of local communities and groups are offered training in archaeology and history, as well as skills such as surveying and archive research. Communities are also supported in their own research, with funding available to support the sharing of their research around the New Forest.

What’s been achieved?

A Community Heritage Forum was set up in 2016 which meets several times a year and is hosted by different local heritage groups. The Forum has enabled local groups to promote their research and has also helped to identify training needs.

A number of trips and courses have been run for local groups including numerous trips to the National Archives in London, social media training, interpretation training, geophysics and GIS training, and further courses will be held over the final years.

A very successful two day conference celebrating New Forest’s history and archaeology welcomed over 230 people and 22 speakers in 2017. Videos of the speakers can be seen on the New Forest Knowledge website.

Volunteering and training

Volunteers from the local community and groups are leading on the research and dissemination, and are supported and guided by the New Forest National Park Authority.

Visit the training and volunteering pages for information on specific roles within the Our Past, Our Future landscape partnership scheme, or see the contact details below in relation to any specific questions about the Heritage on my Doorstep work.


Communities will be able to support each other in continuing to research and disseminate their local history at the end of the four years.

Contact details

Community Archaeologist, New Forest National Park Authority, email:


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