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Thursday, 28 April 2011

New information panels for Hurst Castle

It is one of the highest vantage points on the New Forest coast and attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Hurst Castle has just had two new interpretation panels installed on its battlements setting the castle in its historical landscape and explaining the archaeological and historical significance of the New Forest coast and the Solent channel.

Unveiling the panel-Left to right: Sean Crane, Custodian of Hurst Castle, Julian Johnson,
Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, James Brown, Maritime Archaeology
Education and Outreach Officer, Alison Barnes, Chief Executive of the New Forest
National Park Authority, Fiona Wynne, Stewardship Manager at The Crown Estate and
Nigel Burt, Community Affairs Manager at ExxonMobil’s Fawley Refinery.

The panels have been funded by the New Forest Coastal Heritage Project as part of its education and outreach work.

James Brown, Maritime Archaeology Education and Outreach Officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The New Forest coast contains a wealth of history and information about our past ancestors. Hurst Castle features heavily in the defensive history of the New Forest coast.

‘It’s unique location on the end of Hurst Spit and the ability to explore most of the castle will appeal to anyone with an interest in coastal archaeology. The new panels highlight just some of the vast history of the area and encourage visitors to think about how the landscape around them would change if you could rewind time.’

Fiona Wynne, Stewardship Manager at The Crown Estate added: ‘This is a great project which we are delighted to be able to contribute towards, and we hope that these panels will help visitors to understand and appreciate the importance of the area’s coastal zone.’

Nigel Burt, Community Affairs Manager at ExxonMobil’s Fawley Refinery also added: ‘The New Forest is such a diverse area and the coast is often overlooked. By being part of the Coastal Heritage Project we are promoting the coast to a whole new audience.’

Sean Crane, Custodian of Hurst Castle concluded: ‘Hurst Castle has such a vast history; it was built by Henry VIII as one of a chain of coastal fortresses and was completed in 1544, and used again in the Napoleonic war, and in World War II.

‘Since the castle opened to the public a number of exhibitions have been installed and we welcome these new information panels.’

Recommended Reading: Hurst Castle: An Illustrated History


1 comment:

  1. The Hurst Castle is a great highlight of your tour if you will be traveling to the New Forest area. I love the colorful history of this place.

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