Life in Hampshire past
Milestones tells the story of how people used to live, the things they used and the work they did. The maze of Victorian and 1930s streets is packed with shops, factories and houses, most based on original buildings from in and around Basingstoke.
If you enjoy shopping, you’ll discover what the high street was like before the arrival of chain stores: the milliner, saddler and ironmonger all offer a glimpse into shopping habits of the past.
Over in Collections Corner, see how long it is before you hear yourself say ‘we had one of those!’. This fascinating part of the museum is crammed with household goods, such as vacuum cleaners, washing machines and hairdryers, and tell the story of how these everyday things have developed over the years.
While you are at the museum, you’ll bump into one of our costumed interpreters. Dressed in authentic period costume, you may find them telling a story about the past, playing a record in the gramophone shop or even serving a pint in the Baverstock Arms!