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Monday, 6 July 2015

NFNPA Free Family History Event this July

Last years Stall Holders and Visitors at NFNPA History Event.
Stall holders and visitors at the 2014 New Forest Heritage Day.
Pilot an underwater vehicle, handle historical artefacts and discover high-tech archaeological gadgets at a free family history event this summer.

Run by the New Forest National Park Authority, the New Forest Heritage Weekend celebrates the rich history and heritage of the area. Expert archaeologists and historians will run events throughout the weekend of 18 and 19 July, including World War Two guided walks and interactive archaeological activities.

A variety of local organisations will have stands and give talks:

Learn how to survey and record archaeological sites being lost to nature with the CITiZAN team
An interactive computer touch table will help people learn about archaeology in the New Forest
RAF Ibsley Airfield Heritage Trust will offer an insight into work to restore the WWII control tower at the former RAF Ibsley, near Ringwood National Park archaeologists will be looking at archaeological surveys, historic maps and laser mapping as well as the Forest’s role during World War I and World War II.

The Heritage Weekend will take place on the coast at Lepe Country Park near Exbury. The event is part of the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology - a national festival of more than 1,000 events between 11 and 26 July 2015.

New Forest National Park Authority Member John Pemberton said: ‘This event is a chance for people of all ages to find out more about the rich history of the New Forest by exploring a range of activities.

‘People will be able to get hands on, as well as learning from experts about how events in the Forest’s past have shaped the National Park into the special place it is today.’

The New Forest Heritage Weekend runs between 10.30am and 4pm on 18 and 19 July and is a drop in event with no booking required. For more information visit

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