Hampshire Archives Trust (HAT)

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.

Hampshire Libraries

Hampshire Archives and Local Studies helps to bring Hampshire’s history to life. From its base at Hampshire Record Office in Winchester it preserves and provides access to archives relating to Hampshire as well as film and sound material relating to central southern England. You can find a huge range of records to satisfy your curiosity and piece together hidden histories.


A map and images website where over a quarter of a million maps as high-resolution, colour, zoomable images which can be accessed and viewed.

Railway Research

Whatever you're interested in, from engineering and industry to the social history of railways, the research and archive facilities at the National Railway Museum are there to help.

If you're looking for more information about a particular area of railway history and engineering the website’s search Engine is very useful.

Watercress Line

The website of the Alresford to Alton Heritage Railway

Alresford Historical & Literary Society

The Society was formed in 1966 to bring together members of the local community and encourage interest in the History, Literature and Archaeology of Alresford and the surrounding areas.

The Alresford Historical and Literary Society holds its monthly meetings in the Methodist Church, Jacklyns Lane, Alresford SO24 9JJ, where a balanced programme of talks and presentations takes place in a friendly atmosphere. Meetings are normally held on the third Wednesday of the month, and it is not necessary to be a member to attend  – visitors are welcome at the door for a small fee (refreshments are provided)

Memories of Alton

This is website containing a collection of interesting photographs often taken from old postcards of Alton and surrounding villages, including Ropley,  over many years.