Milestones Museum

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Milestones Living History Museum
Milestones Museum, Basingstoke.jpg
Milestones Museum, taken from the carpark
Established 1 December 2000
Location Basingstoke, Hampshire, England
Coordinates 51°15′59″N 1°06′41″W / 51.2665°N 1.1115°W / 51.2665; -1.1115
Type Heritage centre
Public transit access Basingstoke railway station and Centre Shuttle
Milestones Museum, taken from mezzanine floor
Portsmouth electric tramcar at Milestones Museum

Milestones Museum of Living History is a museum located on the Leisure Park in Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK. It is beside Churchill Way Road, the same road that goes along Festival Place. 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. Amongst typical pay for extras such as the cafe and gift shop you will find a "hidden gem" in the interactive penny (1d) arcade which recreates the atmosphere of a 1910s pier.

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

In the year 2014/2015 the museum received over 111,000 visitors.[citation needed]

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]

There is a large collection of road vehicles, notably by Thornycroft and Taskers of Andover.

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] Starting August that year the museum played host to an interactive exhibition entitled Soldiers’ Journey.

From 19 July - 30 October 2016 Milestones will be running a brand new event called 'Mystery of the Vanishing Queen', an interactive experience, perfect for curious kids aged 7yrs+. [7]


  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 2014-11-05. 
  4. ^ "Hampshire and Winchester museums and art leased to trust". BBC News. 1 November 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-04. 
  5. ^ "What you'll find in Milestones Living History Museum". Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  6. ^ "Explore the LEGO Lost World Zoo at Milestones Museum". Basingstoke Gazette. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-05. 
  7. ^ "New interactive experience Soldiers' Journey opens at Milestones Museum next week". Basingstoke Gazette. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-05. 

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