IHN Hamphire

Welcome to the Industrial Heritage Network HAMPSHIRE  (IHNH) page!

The Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Network (HIAN) has been operating for a few years and has now joined the Industrial Heritage Networks family as the Industrial Heritage Network Hampshire (IHNH).

IHNH works closely with the Industrial Heritage Network South East (IHNSE) and IHNH members are welcome to join the IHNSE, and attend meetings.

Our members:

Basingstoke Canal Society

Bursledon Brickworks

Bursledon Windmill

Eastleigh Museum

Eastney Beam Engine House


Inside the Mill by Brain Pain
Inside the Mill by Brian Pain

Eling Tide Mill Experience brings together hundreds of years of local, industrial and natural history in one site. The Grade II* Listed Eling Tide Mill is one of the UK’s last two mills regularly harnessing the power of the tide to make flour. Adjacent is the Visitor Centre where visitors can explore the history of the mill and its area. Outside are beautiful walks and opportunities to spot wading wildlife from Bartley Water Boardwalk around the millpond and from the shoreline at Goatee Beach.




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ERIH is a membership network and sites pay an annual fee which varies according to the category of membership.  The benefits of membership include enhanced profile, including a presence on ERIH’s well-used website (which currently attracts over 4000 visits per day) and its active social media pages; participation in ERIH conferences, events and initiatives; participation in local and regional routes of industrial heritage; and not least, association with a European organisation that is now recognised by the European institutions as the principle network for the promotion of industrial heritage tourism in Europe. To find out more about ERIH, please contact the UK Coordinator on uk@erih.net.

Farnborough Air Science Trust

Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust (Convenors)

Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society

Hampshire Mills Group

Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust

Hollycombe Steam Collection

Manor Farm Country Park

Mid Hants Railway

Milestones Museum


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Established in 2002, we preserve and protect records of milling heritage, fostering the cultural and educational values of mills and the milling community. A Nationally Accredited Archive Service, we are the UK’s specialist archive on the history of milling: the national centre for mill-related research, recording, learning and understanding; the appropriate repository for milling records. We care for over 250 collections of more than 3,000,000 documents and images, recording the rich and diverse crafts, buildings, equipment and people involved with mills. Over 76,000 of these records are freely available online and some 20 volunteers work to make more publicly accessible.


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The National Museum of the Royal Navy was newly formed in September 2009 based in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, but also encompasses The Royal Marines Museum, The Royal Navy Submarine Museum, the Fleet Air Arm Museum and Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower. In 2015, we opened First World War Monitor HMS M.33 to the public, and in 2016 we added HMS Caroline in Belfast, and the Hartlepool Maritime Experience and HMS Trincomalee to the National Museum of the Royal Navy family. Affiliates include HMS Unicorn (Dundee); HMS Wellington (London); the Medusa Trust (Portsmouth); the Coastal Forces Heritage Trust (Portsmouth) and the D-Day Museum (Portsmouth).


Romsey Signal Box

The old railway signal box at Romsey sits in its own grounds with a range of associated attractions.  The signal box itself has been fully restored to full working order, and visitors of all ages are encouraged to pull the levers to make the signals outside operate.  The site also features a separate miniature signal box, various exhibits (many hands-on), and a small café.  It is open to the public (small charge for adults, children free) on the first Sunday and third Saturday of each month, and other occasions as advertised on the website. Group visits at other times can also be arranged.


Royal Armouries Museum – Fort Nelson

SS Shieldhall


Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust

The Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust (S&DTHT) was established in 2001 and is dedicated to the preservation of former Southampton buses and other vehicles from around the local area. The Trust provides an opportunity for many to get involved with the preservation and operation of Southampton’s heritage transport. The activities of the Trust revolve around the preservation and restoration of vehicles together with social meetings of members and their guests.


Twyford Waterworks Trust


Whitchurch Silk Mill

Built in 1815 Whitchurch Silk Mill is the oldest working silk mill in the UK still in its original building. The Mill is built on Frog Island, around which the River Test flows. The crystal clear waters have provided the Mill with power for over 200 years, by driving our cast iron waterwheel. This gem of industrial heritage in beautiful, rural Hampshire, is a Georgian water mill that weaves silk using 19th century machinery. Highlights of a visit include the water wheel, Victorian machinery and looms, an opportunity to explore traditional silk weaving, and discover how silk cloth is made



Winchester City Mill has stood at the heart of the historic City of Winchester since at least Saxon times. With a history of over 1000 years, Winchester City Mill is probably the oldest working watermill in the country. The Mill produces stoneground wholemeal flour and has regular milling and baking demonstrations. The Mill is also the gateway to the South Downs National Park and features the start point of the South Downs Way National Trail. The gateway has a wide selection of information for those wishing to explore local walks and trails further afield.