Milestones is a large modern building which houses the museum as well as public service areas and staff offices. The museum displays a range of social history, transport and technology collections from Hampshire’s Victorian and 1930s past. Visitors can walk through recreated streets from the past and visit a variety of buildings which house either period interiors or a modern gallery space.
All materials used to create our scenes are real e.g. bricks and stone. The Victorian part of the museum has a predominantly cobbled floor with tramlines. The 1930s area is flat though some areas of the flooring are textured. Both areas have pavements with drop kerbs.
Please read your Teacher's Pack carefully and ensure that you note and share with your group the key safety information either before you arrive or immediately after arrival at the museum. We have first aiders and a first aid room on site. Please report any incidents, however minor, to a member of staff. Mobile phones may not work well in all areas of the building but there is access to landlines in case of emergency.
Milestones’ staff should be easily identifiable – most carry radios and wear purple uniform with the Hampshire Cultural Trust logo on. There are also Costumed Interpreters on the museum arena.
Risk assessment guidance
All Milestones’ activities and resources are risk assessed in accordance with Hampshire Cultural Trust policy. Milestones is a Hampshire Cultural Trust facility and therefore operates within Hampshire Cultural Trust's rigorous Health and Safety policy. Schools are also required to do their own risk assessments which take into account any specific needs that the group they are bringing may have.
Please see our basic guidance to help you complete your risk assessment for your visit to Milestones on the other tabs on this page. We suggest you take the opportunity to make your own familiarisation visit in order to complete your risk assessment.
General visit to Milestones
What we do about it
Risk of traffic accident in car park when entering Milestones
Risk of tripping/falling over when travelling downstairs
Risk of falling over on uneven cobbled streets or kerb stones
Specific risks for the Victorian Britain audioguide programme
What we do about it
Inappropriate use of audioguides could lead children to injure themselves or others
Risk of transmission of infection from use of audioguides by different visitors
Noise – volume level on audioguide
Risk of tripping over when carrying audioguide and listening to commentary
Costume Tent/Costume Rail - Trying on and removing replica costume over own clothes (no removal of clothes other than cardigan or jumper) risk of inappropriate help by museum staff.
Specific risks for World War Two, Toys and Games, Transport and Travel, Homes and Discovery and LEGO (R) Mindstorms (TM)
|Hazard identified||What we do about it|
|Trying on and removing replica costume over own clothes (no removal of clothes other than cardigan or jumper) risk of inappropriate help by museum staff|
Some objects from the handling collections are quite heavy/sharp.
Transport & Travel programme: some vehicles can be boarded but not others
|World War Two programme: Anderson Shelter: Risk of bumping head or accident inside as it is darker inside than out|
|World War Two programme: risk of transmission of infection from use of replica gas masks by different children|
|LEGO (R) Mindstorms (TM) programme: use of electronic equipment:|
Risk of injury from electronic equipment used inappropriately
Trip hazard from trailing leadsRisk of swallowing small LEGO parts