Welcome to Hampshire Archives Trust

The Hampshire Archives Trust (HAT) is a member-led charity that works to support and promote Hampshire’s rich archival heritage.

We deliver this work by giving grants, through education and events, and developing local history networks – preserving memories for the future.

HAT works closely with and supports the Hampshire Record Office in Winchester, the Southampton Archives and the Portsmouth History Centre which between them hold archive collections dating back over 1000 years from across Hampshire.

You can help to save important local archives by applying to us for a grant to fund your project, becoming a HAT member or making a donation.

The Perfect Gift

Want to buy an exciting and thoughtful gift for someone? Why not buy them a Hampshire Archives Trust membership? It’s so easy.

= figures below relate to grants awarded since January 2019 to February 2024

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Grants Awarded

£ 64000

Projects Funded


Success Rate

40 %

Upcoming Events

Guided Tour of Old Basingstoke and Basing House

🤍 2024May22 Our visit will begin by gathering the free carpark for Basing House at 10.30am where we will be met by our morning guide, Alison Williams who will then take us on a tour of the village and the Church of St Mary’s. Old Basing is a charming strip village based around its central road The […]

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Guided Tour of Titchfield Abbey and Titchfield Village

🤍 2024Jun19 Marilyn Wilton-Smith, President of the Titchfield History Society and her husband, an architecture expert have kindly offered to provide HAT visitors with a talking tour of the Titchfield Abbey site and a tour of the historic Titchfield village. Marilyn has issued several publications on historic Titchfield and is now gathering ghost stories for her next […]

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Gift Membership

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As Member you will be making a tangible contribution to the preservation of important local archives in Hampshire. In addition to this HAT Members are invited to exclusive Hampshire local history events and discounted rates to other HAT and HAT partner events.


Make a Financial Gift

By making a financial gift to the HAT you are directly funding the preservation of valuable local history archives for future generations. The HAT awards grants to local history projects which are judged to be of particular historical value in Hampshire. Whether you’d like to make a one-off donation, leave a legacy in your will or make a regular donation, it is very straight-forward. 

Stories from the Archives


Series 2: Episode 8 – LGBT Histories in Hampshire

In this episode, Daniella was joined by Dr Clifford Williams, a historian researching the history of the early gay and lesbian youth groups in England, to discuss LGBT histories in Hampshire. Clifford discusses his books A History of Women policing Hampshire and the Isle of Wight 1915-2016 (HCHS) (2016) and Courage to Be (The Book Guild Ltd) (2021), as well as LGBT figures in Hampshire and the materials available to research these stories.

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Series 2: Episode 7 – Hampshire under Elizabeth

This episode explores the history of Elizabethan Hampshire, during which Daniella was joined by Josh Harper, who is has a current role with the Visitor Experience, Collections, and Curatorial teams at the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth. During this episode, they discussed what was happening during Elizabeth I’s reign on a national and local scale, as well as what materials Josh used to study this period of history.

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