Milestones Museum

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Milestones Living History Museum
Milestones Museum, Basingstoke.jpg
Milestones Museum at night
Milestones Museum is located in Hampshire
Milestones Museum
Location within Hampshire
Established1 December 2000
LocationBasingstoke, Hampshire, England
Coordinates51°15′59″N 1°06′41″W / 51.2665°N 1.1115°W / 51.2665; -1.1115Coordinates: 51°15′59″N 1°06′41″W / 51.2665°N 1.1115°W / 51.2665; -1.1115
TypeHeritage centre
Public transit accessRoute 8 bus

Milestones Museum of Living History is a museum located on the Leisure Park in Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK. Milestones is made up of a network of streets that have been recreated according to those found in Victorian and 1930s Hampshire.

It was opened on 1 December 2000 by Duke of Edinburgh[1][2] as a joint project between Hampshire County Council and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

In the year running 2007/8 the museum received 88,338 visitors.[3]

In 2014, ownership of the Milestones Museum was transferred to the Hampshire Cultural Trust as part of a larger transfer of museums from Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council.[4]



Thornycroft J bus outside the Baverstock Arms
1940's kitchen

Features include recreations of:[5][6]

  • a Victorian public house, the Baverstock Arms, named for a 19th-century Alton brewer. Serves alcoholic refreshments at lunchtime.
  • a Victorian railway station based on the GWR station at Winchester (Chesil). Features a 4mm scale model of the station with operating trains.
  • a Victorian Ironmonger
  • a Victorian watchmaker and jeweller
  • a Victorian terraced house
  • a Victorian milliners
  • a Victorian light engineering shop
  • a Victorian paintworks, powered by a Tasker stationary steam engine
  • a Victorian pier amusement arcade
  • a sawmill
  • a saddlery
  • a 1930s town with shops
  • 1940s period home interiors, kitchen and living room.

A new addition for 2021 is Mr Simpson's Teddy Bear museum, featuring more than 260 examples dating from 1905 onwards.[7]

Many of the shops and workshops feature sound tracks of appropriate conversations and sound effects.

Road vehicles[edit]

There is a large collection of road vehicles, notably by local manufacturers, Thornycroft of Basingstoke and Taskers of Andover. These cover examples of human powered, horse drawn, steam and motor driven vehicles.

Human powered[edit]

Twining's reversed tricycle
  • Hand cart
  • Hand propelled bakers cart.
  • Grocer's delivery bicycle
  • 2 tradesmens' tricycles
  • Various bicycles, including penny-farthings

Horse drawn vehicles[edit]

Horse drawn pantechnicon
  • Pantechnicon
  • Fire engines
  • Pony and trap
  • Brewers dray
  • Coalman's cart
  • Dairy cart
  • Farm wagon
  • Stickback undercut gig
  • Hutchings caravan
  • Reading type Romany caravan or vardo
  • Portable steam engine

Steam vehicles[edit]

Little Giant traction engine

Include two road rollers by Taskers and two by Wallis & Steevens. There are also two Taskers Little Giant traction engines, one displayed with a log trailer.

  • EL 3908 Thornycroft Steam Wagon, works number 115, built in 1902.
  • AA 5296 Taskers Little Giant, works number 1599, built in 1914.
  • SR 1294 Taskers Little Giant, works number 1726, built in 1917.
  • BD 7994 Taskers road roller, works number 1906, built in 1923.
  • YB 183 Taskers Little Giant steam lorry, built in 1924.
  • OT 8201 Taskers road roller, works number 1933, built in 1928.
  • AA 2470 Wallis & Steevens steam wagon, works number 7279.
  • OT 3078 Wallis & Steevens Advance road roller, works number 7867 built in 1926.
  • OT 8512 Wallis & Steevens Simplicity road roller, works number 7940, built in 1928

Motor vehicles[edit]

There are some 25 commercial vehicles along with private cars, two generations of motor buses and a coach.

OEC motorbike and sidecar
  • Cars
    • BS 8239 Thornycroft 4 seater, built in 1903.
    • H 2499 Thornycroft 14HP open tourer, built in 1905.
    • DS 6683 Thornycroft open tourer, built in 1907.
    • DS 6684 Thornycroft 30HP open tourer, built in 1907.
    • AMO 903 Morris convertible, built in 1937.
    • FVM 288 OEC motorbike and sidecar, built in 1939.
  • Buses
    • BK 2986 Thornycroft J Portsmouth Corporation No. 10, built 1919.
    • RV 6368 Leyland Titan TD4, Portsmouth Corporation No. 8, built 1934
    • EY 5218 Thornycroft Lightning coach. Built in 1935 and displayed in half-built condition.
1931 Thornycroft Bulldog lorry
  • Commercial vehicles include:
    • NB 6684 Thornycroft J army lorry, WD livery, built in 1916.
    • SV 6068 Thornycroft J lorry, SCATS livery, built in 1917.
    • CJ 3008 Thornycroft X type lorry, D.C. Bowkley livery, built in 1918.
    • CE 6065 Leyland military subsidy lorry, Chivers & Sons livery, built in 1919
    • BS 9028 Thornycroft A1 lorry, Shell livery, built in 1925.
    • YN 402 Austin pick-up, Gales Brewery livery, built in 1926.
    • OU 6028 Thornycroft A2/FB4 horsebox, built in 1930
    • TV 5530 Thornycroft Bulldog flatbed lorry, Boots livery, built in 1931
    • AAA 469 Thornycroft Handy dropside lorry, Corrals livery, built in 1934.
    • BWD 461 Thornycroft Sturdy milk lorry, PIMCO livery, built in 1937
    • VYJ 521 Thornycroft Amazon Coles RAF recovery crane, built in 1942
    • DFK 98 Thornycroft Nippy flatbed lorry, Thornycroft livery, built in 1949.
    • MKX 788 Thornycroft Sturdy road sweeper, built in 1949.
    • POR 602 Wallis & Steevens Advance diesel road roller
    • AUO 601 Morris van, Beavis and Co livery.
    • YMY 432H Thornycroft Nubian airport crash tender, MOD, built in 1971.

Fire Brigade[edit]

Shand Mason horse drawn steam pump

The Museum fire station has a selection of hand-propelled, horse-drawn and motorised fire engines.

  • Hand operated and propelled pump.
  • Hand propelled Pyrene fire extinguisher.
  • Shand Mason horse-drawn fire engine.
  • Shand Mason horse-drawn steam pump
  • BOR 316 Dennis Light 6 fire engine, Hampshire Fire Service, built in 1936.
  • HJP 382 Dennis Big 4 fire engine, Hampshire Fire Brigade, built in 1938

Railway and tramway stock[edit]

Avonside 1572 0-6-0ST "Woolmer"
Portsmouth tram No 84

Temporary exhibitions[edit]

Between February and April 2014 the museum hosted an exhibition of Lego models of extinct animals, constructed by Bright Bricks.[8] In 2018, the exhibition returned, focusing on mythical creatures.[9]

A Victorian themed Christmas Market is held in early December.[10]


  1. ^ "Sir George Young: Previous Engagements: 2000". Retrieved 6 March 2009.
  2. ^ "At a Meeting of Hampshire County Council held at The Castle, Winchester on Thursday, 14 December 2000 at 11.00 a.m." 14 December 2000. Archived from the original on 23 January 2005. Retrieved 6 March 2009.
  3. ^ Katie Barnett (20 August 2008). "Visitors flocking to town museum". Basingstoke Gazette. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Hampshire and Winchester museums and art leased to trust". BBC News. 1 November 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  5. ^ "What you'll find in Milestones Living History Museum". Archived from the original on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  6. ^ Milestones. Peterborough: Hudsons Heritage Group. ISBN 0-7117-4183-2.
  7. ^ "Mr Simpson's Teddy Bear Museum". Milestones Museum. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Explore the LEGO Lost World Zoo at Milestones Museum". Basingstoke Gazette. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Mythical Beasts - Legendary creatures come to life in LEGO® Bricks | Hampshire Cultural Trust". Archived from the original on 4 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Christmas Market". Milestones Museum. Retrieved 24 November 2018.

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