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Aldershot Military Museum
Queens Avenue
Aldershot
Hampshire
GU11 2LG
Contact
Telephone: 01252 314598
Fax: 01252 342942
Email: musmim@hants.gov.uk

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Overview of collections

Hampshire Museums and Archives Service manages collections on the archaeology, history, art and environment of the county, in 19 historic sites and museums, 11 in partnership with District Councils, and in reserve in store at Chilcomb House, Winchester. The museums managed are Aldershot Military Museum; Rushmoor Local History Gallery, Aldershot; The Curtis Museum, Alton; The Allen Gallery, Alton; Museumof the Iron Age, Andover; Basing House, Basingstoke; The Willis Museum, Basingstoke; Milestones, Basingstoke; Burlesdon Windmill; Red House Museum and gardens, Christchurch; Eastleigh Museum; Flora Twort gallery, Pertersfield, Gosport Museum; SEARCH, Gosport; Havant Museum; Rockbourne Roman Villa Museum, Fordingbridge; Westbury Manor Museum, Fareham; Monitr 33, Portsmouth and Treadgolds Museum, Portsmouth.
140,000 objects and over 300,000 records can be accessed online, with 100% of records to be available by late 2004. Archaeology is described under Andover Museum, Decorative Art under Allen Gallery, Natural History under Curtis Museum, Social History under Curtis and Industrial History under Milestones.
There are two areas of collections here; military and local. The military collections cover the the history of military Aldershot from 1854 to the present and comprise archives, photographs, ephemera, badges, uniforms, weapons, equipment and vehicles. The local collections relate to Aldershot, Cove and Farnborough within Rushmoor District and range from late medieval to present with the vast majority post 1854. The collection includes local and civic items of the Borough of Aldershot and late and post medieval pottery and flying items for Farnborough and Cove.

Overview of how collections are displayed

Explores the military and civil history of Aldershot and Farnborough using interactive displays in the John Reed Gallery sited within one of the two surviving barrack bungalows built in North Camp in the 1890s. In it are recreated barrack displays of the 1890s, 1950s and a married quarters living room of the 1960s. The Montgomery Gallery building is from Field Marshal Montgomery's home at Isington near Alton and was built in 1947 to house his war time caravans, moved to the museum in 1995 and houses field guns and other vehicles. Next is the Cody Gallery with a reconstruction of part of Cody's Farnborough workshop and his original flying helmet. It commemorates
Britain's first powered flight by the American, Samuel Franklin Cody in 1908 at Farnborough. The Rushmoor Local History Gallery shows visitors the history of Aldershot & Farnborough with Potters drum makers, a Victorian shop, French Imperial Family, the construction of Farnborough Abbey, pottery industry of Farnborough and Cove.
Collection Descriptions
Library and Archives (Aldershot Military Museum)
The Library and Archives includes archives maps, plans, books, letters, printed ephemera, large collection of maps an...
Local History (Aldershot Military Museum)
The collection has objects relating to the local and civic history of the former Borough of Aldershot formed by Lt Co...
Military (Aldershot Military Museum)
The collection was amassed mainly by the Aldershot Military History Trust and relate to historical military Aldershot...
Photography (Aldershot Military Museum)
includes postcards, albums and slides from the 1850s to the present with about 8,000 items in total.

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