Hampshire Cultural Trust

Welcome to Hampshire

This map pinpoints some of the most exciting cultural venues in Hampshire.

We will showcase, connect and empower its creative economy

Hampshire Local Studies collections and information


Large collection of printed maps of Hampshire, 1550 to the present day

  • Hampshire in the wider context, 1550 – 1600
    Early printed maps of the British Isles and Western Europe
  • Hampshire County sheets, 1575 to date.An extensive collection of printed county single and multi-sheet maps from Christopher Saxton to the Ordnance Survey
  • Transport and public service maps
    Maps depicting the growth of the regions railway network to postal delivery routes
  • Coastal and Navigational charts.
    Small number of historic maps of the Hampshire coastal region

Old Hampshire Mapped - external link


Topographical views and portraits relating to Hampshire


Searchable collections

Other categories include

  • Gypsy lantern slides
  • Hampshire towns and villages organised by civil parish
  • Hampshire Buildings
  • Hampshire postcards by civil parish
  • Hampshire trades and occupations
  • Hampshire Industry
  • Hampshire schools and education
  • Local Government
  • Emergency services
  • Transport and communications
  • People and personalities
  • Special occasions and holidays
  • Health and welfare
  • Sport and recreation

Printed ephemera

Hampshire guides and printed accounts

  • Hampshire history and topographical descriptions
  • Trade directories
  • Guidebooks

Local topics




Local studies in our museums

Many of our museums have areas where you can study material relating to local people and the area they lived. Easy to use topic files provide an introduction to more comprehensive collections held in specialist libraries and archives.

Types of information

  • Maps c1850 onwards
  • Trade Directories 1785-1960
  • Census Returns 1891
  • Copy photographs
  • Copy articles, cuttings and book extracts
  • Parish Registers on microfiche

Resources Rooms are usually available during museum opening. It's best to book an appointment and give staff some idea of your enquiry, so they can find what you need and perhaps avoid a wasted journey.