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Austerity in the 1850’s – Christmas Gratuities for Letter Carriers

Christmas is a time of good cheer, but in 1852 a cold blast of austerity struck the country, nowhere was spared, not even Romsey.

The HAT Calendar For Local Societies

The HAT Calendar is now live and is available for local societies to promote their events programme to an audience of over 2500 potential attendees each month. The only qualification needed is that your group is either a Group of Corporate member of HAT.

The HAT Calendar Launched!

The HAT Calendar is now live and, despite the limitations imposed by the pandemic, lists some events that are expected to go ahead.

Grant to See Southampton for an Exhibition About the Mayflower

2020 is the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower for America, this exhibition concentrates on the preparations to sail

The National Motor Museum Trust – Golden Arrow Project

The National Motor Museum is unique in that our collection includes four cars that have held the outright Land Speed Record. While all are remarkable, for many people it is the beautiful 1929 Irving Napier Special or ‘Golden Arrow’ that stands out.

Madding Crowd

“As tuneful a thing as I ever heard”

Thomas Hardy’s words could be about a Hampshire group that has honoured village musicians for 45 years. When Christina Pritchard won a medal for her poem “They who would valiant be ‘gainst Covid-19”

Winchester College Muniments

The records of Hampshire and beyond have been kept, organised, catalogued and made available by a legion of archivists. This is the first a series on the major holdings in the county.

Archives Go Virtual

Whatever else the coronavirus crisis brings about, it will surely have changed the way in which all those who use archives do their business.

View ‘Tales from the Tower’ Talk by Dr Cheryl Butler

View Hampshire Archives Trust first on-line talk ‘Tales from the Tower’ by Dr Cheryl Butler, held on Tuesday 2 June at 7pm.

Despite the talk being the first on line event put on by HAT it was rated very successful, and attended by some 34 HAT members and visitors. There was much appreciation on the night through the chat button, and a number of congratulatory e mails subsequently. This was a new initiative which proved to be of considerable interest during this time of social distancing.

This talk was introduced by Sue Woolgar, secretary of the Hampshire Archives Trust, and was by Hampshire Archives Trust trustee Dr Cheryl Butler who tells the history of the historic God’s House Tower Southampton, from its beginnings in the middle ages to its current incarnation as an arts & heritage centre. The talk ‘Tales from the Tower’  covered not just the physical building but the stories of some of the hundreds of people who lived, worked, were imprisoned and inspired by the tower.

HAT awarded a grant for the project ‘God’s House Tower; the Old Gaol’, to feature newly digitised archive material and an exhibition. Members were looking forward to an April visit to see and hear more about it. Sadly we had to cancel this due to the lockdown restrictions so it was timely hear more in this talk about the Tower and its new incarnation.

Dr Cheryl Butler is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Honorary Fellow of the University of Winchester and is a member of the editorial board for the Southampton Records Series and the Hampshire Papers. She is also a trustee of HAT.

She has published a number of books and papers which have drawn upon the archives from the Southampton Record Office and Hampshire Archives including three Southampton Records Series volumes on the Southampton Mayors Book of Fines; the oral history of Itchen Ferry Village We only wore shoes on Sunday; a book on Tudor Southampton: Rioters, Revellers & Reformers; Jane Austen & Southampton Spa and Powder, Prisoners & Paintings – The Story of God’s House Tower.

Winner of the British Association of Local History personal achievement award in 2014 and the City of Southampton award in 2018 for services to heritage

New Publication Coming soon St Mary-Over-The-Water: The story of Pear Tree Church

Sue Woolgar Secretary to Hampshire Archives Trust

More information is available in the case study on this website God`s House Tower Southampton.

Dr Latham’s Notes on Romsey – in Print After 200 Years

Physician Dr John Latham (1740-1837) retired to Romsey in 1795 to be near his son, a brewer with a chain of inns. For 20 years he immersed himself in the history of the town and its abbey, with a view to publication. He lived in a substantial house in Middlebridge Street, now replaced by Stephens Court.