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 accessBasingstoke railway station and Centre Shuttle
Milestones Museum, taken from mezzanine floor
Portsmouth tram No 84

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 HRH 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]



Features include recreations of:[5]

Road vehicles[edit]

Little Giant traction engine

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

Horse drawn vehicles[edit]

These include a removals van, a fire engine and a showman's caravan.

Steam vehicles[edit]

Include two road rollers by Taskers and one by Wallis and Steevens. There is also a Taskers Little Giant traction engine displayed with a log trailer

Motor vehicles[edit]

There are some 45 commercial vehicles along with private cars, two generations of motor buses and a trolleybus.

Railway and tramway stock[edit]


Between February and April 2014 the museum hosted an exhibition of LEGO models of extinct animals, constructed by Bright Bricks.[6] In 2018, the exhibition returned, focusing on mythical creatures.[7]

A Victorian themed Christmas Market is held in early December.[8]


  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. ^ "Explore the LEGO Lost World Zoo at Milestones Museum". Basingstoke Gazette. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
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  8. ^ "Christmas Market". Milestones Museum. Retrieved 24 November 2018.

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