SOUTHAMPTON TRAMS: A SYSTEM THAT SERVED THE CITY FOR 70 YEARS
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SOUTHAMPTON TRAMS: A SYSTEM THAT SERVED THE CITY FOR 70 YEARS

Just over 72 years ago Southampton said goodbye to its tram system for good. It had a fruitful history. The trams were initially drawn by horses and first opened in May 1879 under the Southampton Tramways Company. The opening was not without drama, when over 3500 people signed a petition against the practise of running…

A TRAGIC MEMORIAL

A TRAGIC MEMORIAL

In the peaceful surroundings of Southampton’s Victorian Cemetery on The Common is this very striking headstone, a tribute to the skill of the stonemason who made it. The story relates to a dreadful railway accident that occurred in 1870 at Bishopstoke Junction (now Eastleigh station) involving Edward Bist, the man buried in the grave. The…

FORGOTTEN HISTORY: LUMBERJILLS – BRITAIN’S FORGOTTEN ARMY
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FORGOTTEN HISTORY: LUMBERJILLS – BRITAIN’S FORGOTTEN ARMY

Thousands of women fought for their country using axes and saws instead of guns and tanks. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Women’s Timber Corps, which was deployed in the New Forest and other woodland areas during WW2. In the late 1930s, Britain was the largest timber importer in the world, getting 96%…

PRINCE CHARLES SEES LICORICIA NOW IN HER RIGHTFUL PLACE
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PRINCE CHARLES SEES LICORICIA NOW IN HER RIGHTFUL PLACE

Winchester’s important Jewish past has been thrown under the national spotlight after the unveiling of the statue of Licoricia, a prominent member of the city’s 13th century Jewish community. She became a financier to Henry 111 and played a crucial role in the rebuilding of Westminster Abbey. The Prince of Wales viewed the life-sized bronze…

PETERSFIELD MUSEUM OPEN AFTER 48 YEARS IN THE MAKING
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PETERSFIELD MUSEUM OPEN AFTER 48 YEARS IN THE MAKING

Petersfield Museum has thrown open its doors to visitors again after a £4 million makeover. The project to convert the former Victorian police station and courthouse into a museum was supported through its development stage with a grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund. The new-look museum features: •          A film with museum patron Daniel Day-Lewis…

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