For me, it’s about a place, and people, I’ve known all my life, but most particularly about learning new things about a place I love, new connections with past history – national history and local history.
This years exhibition features displays about
- The Military in Minstead;
- Furzey Gardens – this great little garden with thatched buildings dating back to at least the 16th Century, last year won a Gold Medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for their garden built by young adults of the Minstead Training Project with the help of Chris Beardshaw;
- Minstead School and Newtown (a particular area of the village);
- Minstead Poor House;
- The story of ‘The Hut’, now known as Minstead Village Hall;
- The ‘big houses’ of the village;
- Various records regarding gravestones, particular families and the local tythe map;
- Ancient trees and charcoal burners of the village and New Forest – including some research by my father on the historic graffiti to be found on the ancient oak and beech of the New Forest;
- A display of ancient tools, and another entitled ‘Golden Letters’.
- Other history groups represented will include those from Emery Down, Copythorne and Fordingbridge.
Whether you know Minstead, love the New Forest, are a history fan or just want a nice afternoon out in a friendly community, you will enjoy this fascinating exhibition, and knowing the local baking fraternity the cakes will be fantastic! If spring has really arrived you can even make the very short journey up the hill to Furzey Gardens, or across the village to Minstead Church and make a day of it 🙂
Minstead Past and Present
Saturday 13th April 2013 – 12noon – 5.00pm
Sunday 14th April 2013 – 10am – 4.00pm