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Discovering Lepe’s Cold War History

The exciting new Heritage Lottery Funded Project at Lepe Country Park.

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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.

DSC_4902webThe 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 nia.crouch@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

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A Year in the New Forest – Topic work with Milford on Sea Primary School

“Can you lead a session based on our topic of A Year in the New
Forest?” was the question – and of course the answer was yes. So off to Milford on Sea I went with some of the Museum objects and my Commoning Year display and activity board.

Commoning Year activity with Milford on Sea Primary School
Commoning Year activity with Milford on Sea Primary School

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Are you ready to teach Prehistory?

The Red House Museum is welcoming KS2 teachers from the Christchurch, East Dorset and New Forest area for a free twilight training session called ‘Know Your Prehistory’

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South West Hant’s Museums Prepare for New Curriculum

Our three museums in and around the New Forest have launched a new school programme for 2014.

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