Project History

The initial idea for the project came as a follow-on to a successful Village Design exercise which was completed in early 2000. Lots of people had attended exhibitions and shown an interest in the history and heritage of the area. It seemed logical to start another project to collect and share more information. There was also a risk that, over time, lots of local knowledge would gradually be lost as people left the parish.

Our exhibitions have all been very successful

Buriton Village Association subsequently obtained special grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Nationwide Building Society, the Countryside Agency and East Hampshire AONB which meant that, after a couple of years of research, it would be possible to produce a series of booklets to record the findings.

Representatives of the Parish Council, the WI, the Over-60s Club, Scout Group, PCC and the school were amongst the local groups who supported the grant applications and who subsequently took part in the project.

Experts share their knowledge on a nature walk

The project commenced in spring 2001 and a number of regular Open Day Exhibitions were held, attracting lots of people and assembling an enormous amount of new information.

An annual 'Bygone Buriton' Exhibition now takes place every year - usually in late September.   See elsewhere on this web-site for details.

Village Design Statement - produced in 2000

Initially, a number of Information Sheets about a wide range of local topics were produced and copies are stil available, on-line, via this website.  The project is building up a large picture library with some photographs dating back to the 1890s.

In autumn 2003 a major milestone was reached with the publication of a series of nine books - incorporating hundreds of photographs alongside the information collected. Full details are in the 'Publications' section of this website.

Research into other local topics is always underway and we are always looking for more old photographs of local people and places.

If you have any information about the history or heritage of Buriton (including Weston, Nursted and Ditcham) please get in touch.