Milestones - Hampshire's Living History Museum

Victorian Street scene at Milestones Museum
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Step back in time to the late Victorian period and experience Hampshire during the Industrial Revolution. Explore an authentically recreated network of streets, houses and factories, and discover a host of fascinating objects and vehicles from the Victorian era to the 1940s. Call into the Baverstoke Arms and drink in the Edwardian atmosphere. See our costumed interpreters perform historical presentations. See Woolmer, a 100 year old steam locomotive on static display at the train station. Have fun with all the old favourites in the Vintage penny arcade. Families can dress up in Victorian costumes from the costume tent and try the 'Eye Spy' trails. The under 5s can have fun in the Play Post Office. There’s something for everyone at Milestones.
New 'Changing Places' facility for disabled visitors.
Check out our website for events throughout the year such as Father Christmas Grotto, LEGO events and more!

Venue Type:

Museum, Transport heritage site

Opening hours

Tue-Fri and Bank Holidays 10.00-16.45 Sat & Sun 11.00-16.45

Closed: Mondays
Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day

Admission charges

Until 31 March 2017:

Adults £11.00*
Concessions £10.00*
Children (5-15) £7.00*
Under 5s FREE
Family £33.00*
*Price including Gift Aid donation

Discount price for pre booked groups of 15 or more
Group Adult/concession £8.35 each
Group Child (5-15 yrs) £5.25 each

Standard entry prices are as follows:
Adult £10, Concession £9, Child (aged 5-15 yrs) £6.30, Family £30.

Discounts

  • Museums Association
Getting there

By road:
From M3 junction 6 or 7, follow the brown tourist signs for the Leisure Park/ Milestones. FREE car parking in front of musuem or on the leisure park. SAT NAV postcode for the leisure park is RG22 6PG.

By train and bus:
Centre Shuttle bus runs between Leisure Park and the town centre Railway Station. Bus stops outside the museum and runs approx every 15 mins. For Bus shuttle information please visit: www.basingstoke.gov.uk

Additional info

Mobility scooters and wheelchairs available to pre-book for free.

Collection details

Agriculture, Architecture, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Industry, Land Transport, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Trade and Commerce

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Illustration of Queen Victoria's Crown

The Mystery of the Vanishing Queen

  • 19 July — 30 October 2016 *on now

It's 1897 and the Victorian Citizens of Milestones are dressing up as kings and queens of the past for a Royal Pageant. Guest of honour Queen Victoria hasn't been seen for many months and there are rumours she has been kidnapped.... Can you follow the clues in the secret agent's diary and quiz the citizens to solve the mystery and save the Queen?
This brand new, interactive experience is perfect for curious kids aged 7yrs+.
Included in normal admission.

You can also pre-book tickets for the Victorian-themed 'Traitor's Escape Room' challenge which will get hearts and minds racing. For aged 7yrs+*.

For more information and to pre-book the Traitor's Escape activity click here. *Additional fees apply. Pre-booking advised.

* Please note that advanced bookings for the day ahead close at 1am. It is not possible to pre-book after 1am if you are intending to visit that day.
No refunds or exchanges are possible. The 20% discount is applied to standard admission prices prior to the addition of booking fees.
Normal Admission tickets can be purchased at the standard price on arrival from our admission desk on the day- subject to the capacity of the building.

Hampshire Cultural Trust Culture Card holders and Milestones Annual Pass holders do not need to pre-book admission, but please purchase tickets for Traitor’s Escape if you wish to take part in this activity.

Visitors must have a valid admission ticket for entry to Milestones in addition to Traitor’s Escape ticket if they wish to take part in this activity.

Please note that the story used in this experience is fictional.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

Mystery of the Vanishing Queen is included in Admission charges. Please see website for more information.
Traitor's Escape Room activity is for aged 7yrs+ and must be accompanied by an adult. Must be pre-booked online. £15 for 3 people or fewer, £24 for 4 people, £25 for 5 people, £30 for 6 people. Min group size 2 people, max group size 6 people.
Discounted admission and Traitor's Escape room can be pre-booked on line here:
https://uk.patronbase.com/_MilestonesMuseum/Productions

Website

http://www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/event/mystery-vanishing-queen

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Victorian Britain Audioguide programme (KS1 and KS2)

http://www.milestones-museum.com/schools/victorian.html

The audioguide programme for primary schools has won an award for its interpretation of the county's history. Audioguides are easy to use listening devices which combine narrative, music and sound effects. The guides give young visitors to the museum a fascinating and educational account of the different scenes, streets and displays within the museum. The audioguides cover a wide range of topics including houses and homes, home life, streets, people and transport. Group size: up to 3 classes; Duration: 2 hours, with free time in the museum afterwards; Levels: KS1; Lower KS2 and Upper KS2.

How to obtain

To find out more information, or to make a booking, contact our Bookings Officer, Linda Owen on 01256 403905 or linda.owen@hants.gov.uk

Britain since the 1930s audioguide programme (KS2)

http://www.milestones-museum.com/schools/1930s.html

The audioguide programme for primary schools has won an award for its interpretation of the county's history. Audioguides are easy to use listening devices which combine narrative, music and sound effects. The guides give young visitors to the museum a fascinating and educational account of the different scenes, streets and displays within the museum. There are also hands on activities, including costumed role play and interaction with our interpreters. Group size: up to 3 classes; Duration; 2 hours followed by free time in the museum; Level: KS2

How to obtain

To find out more information or to make a booking, contact our Bookings Officer, Linda Owen on 01256 403905 or linda.owen@hants.gov.uk

Downloadable Activity Sheets

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/milestones/schools-milestones/resources-milestones.htm

Milestones has a range of activity sheets available to use in the your free time (the time between when your programme ends and you leave the museum). You can book a maximum of two activity sheets up to a week before your visit. This page provides links to the activity sheets we provide for you to have a look at and download if you find them useful. The worksheets cover buildings, people, towns and signs from Victorian times and the 1930s.

Early Years session - The Post Office

http://www.milestones-museum.com/schools/post-office.html

An Early Years led programme based around our Post Office gallery in the museum. The facilitator of the session shares a story entitled Jennifer's birthday which is based on the theme of posting letters. The children then have the opportunity to explore the Post Office and all its post related items including dressing up, sorting activities and our unique talking post box. The remainder of the session is spent exploring the museum through a specially designed I Spy activity. Group size: maximum of 30 children; Duration: one hour (half in the P.O., half in the museum); Level: ages 3 - 5

How to obtain

To find out more information or to make a booking contact our Bookings Officer, Linda Owen on 01256 403905 or linda.owen@hants.gov.uk

Early Years session - Tweeny's shopping trip

http://www.milestones-museum.com/schools/tweeny.html

An Early Years led programme. The facilitator of the session shares a story unique to Milestones called 'Tweeny's shopping trip' about a Victorian maid going shopping in the streets of Milestones. The children then have the opportunity to dress up in replica costumes, take part in sorting activities, role play activities and puzzles. The remainder of the session is spent exploring the museum through a specially designed I Spy activity. Group size: maximum of 30 children; Duration: one hour (half on Tweeny session, half in the museum); Level: ages 3 - 5

How to obtain

To find out more information or to make a booking, contact our Bookings Officer, Linda Owen on 01256 403905 or linda.owen@hants.gov.uk

Toys and Discovery (KS1)

http://www.milestones-museum.com/schools/toys.html

Toys and Discovery is a two part session. The Toys part is led by a trained member of the museum staff and allows children the opportunity to handle toys from our collection. There are five boxes containing toys, and five mats which host different activities such as sorting activities and those which inspire discussion and debate about the collections. The Discovery part of the session is led by the school and allows the chidren to explore the museum through focussed tasks and dress up in replica costumes from the 1930s/1940s. Group size: up to two classes; Duration: 2 hours

How to obtain

To find out more information or to make a booking, contact our Bookings Officer, Linda Owen on 01256 403905 or linda.owen@hants.gov.uk

Victorian Britain - Home Sweet Home (KS2)

http://www.milestones-museum.com/schools/homesweethome.html

A two hour led session followed by free time in the museum. The session begins with an input from a trained member of museum staff about using different types of evidence to find out about the past. This is then followed by group work using a range of resources (original museum objects, photographs, sounds, smells) to explore the themes of washing, food and leisure time to find out about life in an average Victorian family. Group size: up to two classes; Duration: two hour session with free time afterwards.

How to obtain

To find out more information or to make a booking, contact our Bookings Officer, Linda Owen on 01256 403905 or linda.owen@hants.gov.uk

Victorian Britain - Who's Who? (KS2)

http://www.milestones-museum.com/schools/who.html

A two hour led session with free time in the museum afterwards. The session begins with an input from a trained member of museum staff about how we can use different sources of evidence to find out about people's lives in the past. This is followed by group work where the children use a range of resources (original museum objects, photographs, sounds, diary extracts and smells) to learn more about the lives of different people during the Victorian period. Group size: up to two classes; Duration: two hour session with free time; Level: KS2

How to obtain

To find out more information or to make a booking, contact our Bookings Officer, Linda Owen on 01256 403905 or linda.owen@hants.gov.uk

Getting there

By road:
From M3 junction 6 or 7, follow the brown tourist signs for the Leisure Park/ Milestones. FREE car parking in front of musuem or on the leisure park. SAT NAV postcode for the leisure park is RG22 6PG.

By train and bus:
Centre Shuttle bus runs between Leisure Park and the town centre Railway Station. Bus stops outside the museum and runs approx every 15 mins. For Bus shuttle information please visit: www.basingstoke.gov.uk

Milestones - Hampshire's Living History Museum
Leisure Park
Churchill Way West
Basingstoke
Hampshire
RG22 6PG
England

Website

www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/milestones-museum

E-mail

Information/ enquiries email for Milestones Museum

milestones.museum@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk

Telephone

01256 477766

Fax

01256 403922

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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