The Wessex Heritage Trust has a track record of delivering diverse, successful projects. Below are summaries of some of our favourite past projects.


In October 2009 The Wessex Heritage Trust launched a new fundraising initiative - The Hampshire OctoberFest at the Milestones Museum, Basingstoke. This annual event moved to its current site - Basingstoke Cricket and Sports Club in 2014 due to ever growing numbers. It now attracts over 8000 over the weekend from as far afield as Birmingham - Bristol and Inner London.

In 2018 it won the category for “Best Arts and Entertainment Event” at the Basingstoke “Proud of” Awards.

After ten years the event is to be sold on to enable the Trust to concentrate more on its Memory Box Projects and EDGE Projects.


Memory Lane

The Wessex Heritage Trust helped raise over £5000 from the Morrisons Foundation in order to create Memory Lane, based on F2 ward in the Basingstoke hospital of Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust (HHFT). The ‘Sunflower Suite’, is an immersive 50’s style suite complete with interactive interiors, memory games and puzzles, reminiscence items and more. Staff and patients had a large amount of input as to what they would like to have included in the project. The Memory Lane ward also includes a post box and a bus stop and many of the items are specific to the culture and history of the local Basingstoke area throughout the years. Memory Lane is well used by patients and staff, and has inspired other wards within the hospital and other HHFT hospitals to explore creating similar projects. Bernard Suley Charitable Foundation, Four Lanes Trust, Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust, and the Weinstock Fund also contributed towards installing Memory Lane.

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EDGE Project New Forest

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, the EDGE Project New Forest provided exciting local opportunities for young people across the New Forest and surrounding areas. Working with local schools and sixth forms, local businesses, charities and youth provisions to reach as many young people as possible. The EDGE Project New Forest worked closely with The New Forest Museum Lyndhurst, Forest Arts New Milton, New Forest Young Carers and Burgate School and Sixth Form, Fordingbridge.

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WatersEDGE, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, was based on a partnership with the Youth organisation Motiv8 and English Heritage. The project was based around Fort Brockhurst, a well-preserved Napoleonic Fort, which served as a WW2 Army base and is currently used as an archive. As the fort is not currently open to the public, young people had regular access to the site, combining historic knowledge, teamwork and planning skills leading up to a large community event in April 2018.

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'Function to Fashion' The Thomas Burberry Story

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, 'Function to Fashion' The Thomas Burberry Story, celebrated the historical life and achievements of Thomas Burberry beginning in the heart of Basingstoke. Students from Queen Mary’s College did a great job creating their own garments inspired by new and old designs. Knight Frank Estate Agents (currently residing in the first original Burberry factory and showroom) was extremely supportive of the project and hosted the main event.

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Boxing Days Documentary Series

Funded by Big lottery Fund as part of the EDGE Project (Aldershot), Boxing days is a multi-part documentary series based around the real experiences of members of the British Army boxing team. Learning a wide range of skills including technical, interview and journalism students from Farnborough Technical College the series is a fantastic achievement and captured some truly inspirational stories. Episodes 1- 9 is available in the EDGE Project Aldershot Facebook site

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Jane Austen Walks

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this project engaged 34 young people in researching the life and times of Jane Austen. The project worked towards creating an app, able to give the user an interactive tour of the local area providing guidance and information. The project worked closely with the Curtis Museum, the Allen Gallery, Jane Austen House Museum and the Chawton House Library. Young people learned how to research the literary archive. The app was used as part of Regency Week, a 9 day festival in Chawton and Alton celebrating the life of Jane Austen and her works.