Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll) wrote,
Stevie Carroll

Living History at the Milestones Museum in Basingstoke

Basingstoke was once the home of Thornycroft who made lorries, and at one point cars. I need to investigate further when Dad's around, but as the Camera Group had planned a trip to the Milestones Living History Museum on the 25th January 2014, I thought I'd take a preliminary look.

The Museum is housed in a huge purpose-built structure, with streets laid out to represent Hampshire in the late Victorian era and in the 1930s:
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Streets, shops and houses were occupied by a mixture of costumed volunteers and mannequins, and some of the recordings of conversations that accompanied the plastic people were rather fun. I especially like these removal men:
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I also liked these two vehicles, although I was disappointed that the sweets were more restricted as to how many one could purchase compared with my memories of Beamish Open Air Museum:
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Although I prefer open air museums and original (if transplanted) buildings, the posters on the walls and noticeboards were a nice touch:
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And finally, some more Thornycroft vehicles:
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Milestones is well worth a visit, but the lighting isn't brilliant for photography unless one has a better camera than mine.
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