Our impressive collection of restored vintage vehicles includes fine examples from top Hampshire manufacturers. The Thornycroft Steam Wagon Company Ltd was originally based in Chiswick, but demand for their steam lorries and vans led them to build a huge new factory in Basingstoke in 1898, where cars were also produced from 1903 – 1912. At Milestones, you’ll find a large Thornycroft collection, as well as a re-creation of part of the factory.
During the industrial revolution, nearly every factory and workshop relied on steam engines like those made by Tasker’s of Andover. Brothers Robert and William Tasker were a visionary pair whose pioneering work in iron founding enabled them to produce high quality goods in large quantities. For over 170 years, the company was a leading manufacturer of a wide range of steam and stationary engines and road vehicles, agricultural implements and machinery, examples of which can be seen in the museum.
As well as vehicles from these giants of local manufacturing, during your visit to Milestones you’ll also see many other beautifully restored vehicles, from a Victorian tram, to classic motorbikes, a Romany caravan and even a 19th century steam-powered fire engine.