To celebrate the rich history and heritage of the local area the New Forest recently held an event as part of the national Archaeology Festival.
Expert archaeologists and local historians ran a host of activities throughout the day, including guided history walks along Lepe Beach and talks covering a wide range of areas from new Lidar technology to Hampshire’s tourism industry since 1914.
Lepe also opened their new interactive periscope allowing you to see the Underground Monitoring Post as it would have looked in the 1960s. It gives information about the Royal Observer Corp’s role at Lepe Country Park during the Cold War and how the post would have been used.
The gate to the monitoring post is now open daily for the public to see the periscope. We are also holding a family workshop 27th August 10am -12pm to inspire all ages in this local heritage.
The exciting new Heritage Lottery Funded Project at Lepe Country Park.
Lepe Country Park has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to renovate the Royal Observer Corps (ROC) Monitoring Post. The underground post will be restored to its original 1960s condition when members of the ROC were first stationed there to monitor the effects of a nuclear blast should Britain come under attack.
The fascinating remnant of the Cold War lies hidden from view at Lepe Country Park. Thorough research will be carried out to uncover why a network of Monitoring Posts were built to protect our shores and how the volunteers charged with manning the post felt about their responsibilities.
“At a given instruction I was to go to the post at Lepe where I would be given arms and would stay until after an Atomic Explosion. After the all clear I would be given a set beat and would be responsible for law and order. At the time I was not happy … to leave my family. Thankfully the orders never came.” Keith David Laurence, Special Constable
We will be hosting an array of activities for families, schools and all our visitors to get involved in over 2015. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Despite expecting gale force winds and driving rain on Monday, I was lucky enough to enjoy a beautiful and fascinating afternoon at Ashley Walk. Various educators and staff from visitor information points in the New Forest were treated to a day of fantastic training, showing us how to get the best from the “New Forest Remembers” project run by the New Forest National Park Authority.