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St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery

The St Barbe Museum tells the story of the area between the New Forest and the Solent. The sea has always had a huge influence on life here as a source of food, wealth and pleasure. Farmers from the surrounding countryside have taken their produce to Lymington's market since medieval times. The arrival of the railway saw the rise of New Milton and the development of the villages of Barton-on-Sea and Milford-on-Sea as seaside resorts. For centuries the forest has provided raw materials for boat building which is now one of the most important industries.Join us on a walk through the district, starting on the coast, moving into the towns and then on into the fields and the forest beyond. On the way you will discover the people, landscape, industries and events which give this corner of Hampshire its unique character and history.

  • Take a stroll back to yesteryear in the Timeline Gallery

  • Find out what was living here 40 million years ago.

  • Discover how technology and materials have changed boats and boat building.

  • Check the smuggler for hidden booty.

  • See how Wellworthy Ltd kept the World War II Spitfire in the air

  • Visit the marshes to see a punt gunner at work

  • Find out how salt was made beside the sea for hundreds of years

  • Explore a farmhouse kitchen of the 1930s.The St. Barbe Gallery hosts a programme of national quality exhibitions, regularly featuring loans from national museums and galleries as well as work by important local artists.

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    St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery Postcode for SatNav: SO41 9BH


    +44 (0)1590 676 969
    +44 (0)1590 679 997

    New Street
    SO41 9BH

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