St Barbe exhibition looks at the south Hampshire coast

Date Posted: 20/08/2013

The Story of our Coast: Fact, Fiction and Fantasy, a new exhibition at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery in Lymington, Hampshire will run from 30th November until the 25th January.

The exhibition looks at how the ever-changing south Hampshire coast has played a defining role in the area’s history.

The history behind the exhibition

The coast has been central to the development of Lymington, its salt industry, port and boat building, and to the growth of Milford and Barton as seaside resorts.

Its strategic importance is shown by the building of Hurst Castle by Henry VIII and the World War Two anti-invasion defences. Myths and stories have also grown up to become entwined with fact such as giant tidal waves engulfing houses and tunnels, where smugglers hid their booty.

Great visions for the future have been inspired by the coast, but many have never reached fruition. A school visit to the exhibition will uncover historic plans for a suspension bridge at Lymington, a pier at Milford and a tunnel to connect Keyhaven with the Isle of Wight.

Discounted tickets for school groups

Tickets to The Story of our Coast and St Barbe Museum, which is open between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Saturday, cost £2 for school children aged five to 15.

For further school trip information visit

School Travel Organiser's Guide