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
WebsiteMilestones
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 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]

Exhibits[edit]

Buildings[edit]

Features include recreations of:[5][6]

Road vehicles[edit]

Horse drawn removals van

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

Human powered[edit]

  • Hand propelled bakers cart.
  • Grocer's delivery bicycle
  • Various bicycles

Horse drawn vehicles[edit]

These include a removals van, a fire engine, pony and trap, coalman's cart, and a showman's caravan.

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.

  • 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 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 trolleybus.

  • Cars
    • H 2499 Thornycroft 14HP open tourer, built in 1905.
    • DS 6683 Thornycroft open tourer, built in 1907.
  • Buses
    • BK 2986 Thornycroft J Portsmouth Corporation No. 10, built 1919.
    • RV 6368 Leyland Titan TD4, Portsmouth Corporation No. 8, built 1934
    • RV 4649 AEC 661T Trolleybus, Portsmouth Corporation No. 1, built 1934.
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.
    • CE 6065 Leyland military subsidy lorry, Chivers & Sons livery, built in 1919
    • BS 9028 Thornycroft A1 tanker, Shell livery, built in 1925.
    • YN 402 Austin pick-up, Gales Brewery livery, built in 1926.
    • TV 5530 Thornycroft Bulldog flatbed lorry, Boots livery, built in 1931
    • AAA 469 Thornycroft Handy dropside lorry, Corrals livery, built in 1934.
    • BOR 316 Dennis Light 6 fire engine, Hampshire Fire Service, built in 1936.
    • BWD 461 Leyland Sturdy milk lorry, PIMCO livery, built in 1937
    • HJP 382 Dennis Big 4 fire engine, Hampshire Fire Brigade, built in 1938
    • DFK 98 Thornycroft Nippy flatbed lorry, Thornycroft livery, 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.

Railway and tramway stock[edit]

Avonside 1572 0-6-0ST "Woolmer"

Temporary exhibitions[edit]

Between February and April 2014 the museum hosted an exhibition of Lego models of extinct animals, constructed by Bright Bricks.[7] In 2018, the exhibition returned, focusing on mythical creatures.[8]

A Victorian themed Christmas Market is held in early December.[9]

References[edit]

  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". .hants.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  6. ^ Milestones. Peterborough: Hudsons Heritage Group. ISBN 0-7117-4183-2.
  7. ^ "Explore the LEGO Lost World Zoo at Milestones Museum". Basingstoke Gazette. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  8. ^ https://www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/event/mythical-beasts-legendary-creatures-come-life-lego%C2%AE-bricks
  9. ^ "Christmas Market". Milestones Museum. Retrieved 24 November 2018.

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