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Thursday, 23 April 2015

WW1 Room Launch & Talk at Hurst Castle

The Friends of Hurst Castle are delighted to announce that the new World War 1 Display Room in the east wing of Hurst Castle will be officially opened by Mr Chris Hobby at 1pm on Monday 4th May 2015 . 

The launch will be followed by an informative talk by Chris Hobby and Bob Braid in the Garrison Theatre on 'Milford on Sea and the surrounding area during the First World War’.

The WW1 Display Room depicts the effects on and the sacrifices made by the local population during WW1 and the room has a splendid model of Milford Village in 1900 as a centrepiece.

The display will show how the village responded to the declaration of war, the mobilisation of villagers into the military and the supporting roles within the village, spies, formation of the Coastal Defence Volunteers and coping with the inevitable loss of life.

The launch and historical talk are free, although normal castle admission charges apply.

Hurst Castle Bastion
Hurst Castle is accessible by the Keyhaven Ferry from Saltgrass Lane, Milford on Sea, Hampshire SO41 0TP, or if you have the energy!, by foot along Hurst Spit.


About the Friends of Hurst Castle

The Friends of Hurst Castle was formed in 1986 to act as a support group to a local site belonging to English Heritage. At that time the Castle was managed by English Heritage, but since May 1996 there has been joint management; with English Heritage still in charge of the fabric of the building and general policies and the Local Management, Hurst Castle Services, running the everyday management and services.

The Friends’ aim is still to support in any way they can: - financially with any project, enhancement of the building, to assist educationally and in any research that they can. We arrange social events and from time to time Newsletters for our Members.

Membership cards are valid for 12 months from the end of the month of joining.

Hurst Castle Ferries offer a 10% discount to Members when buying season tickets and free passage to any Friends who are going to work at the Castle. The Friends’ Committee keeps the Ferry crew informed and there is always close liaison here.

The Friends have a workshop at the far end of the West Wing for leaving belongings, tools, artefacts, etc. and for holding meetings. There is also a barbecue facility on arrangement with the Committee.

Monday Volunteer Working Party:

There is a regular group of Friends and Association of Lighthouse Keepers members who volunteer at the Castle every Monday, working on restoration projects. If you would like to come and join us for a very enjoyable and social day at the Castle (free ferry and tea to all volunteers!) please contact us for more details (contact details below).

Annual Membership: Single member £12 - Couples £19

To join, or ask any questions, please contact:

Friends of Hurst Castle
Barry Fudge (Treasurer)

01590 641154 -

1 comment:

  1. Love Hurst Castle and the friends do such an amazing job raising money, awareness and an ongoing maintenance program along side the custodians to keep this unique place alive.
    If you haven't been for a while it's well worth the trip to see what's new and enjoy a great day out, cafe's not bad either!