Our History and Team

Our Trustees

  • Nicky Gottlieb
  • Rob Rees
  • Jane Pike
  • Madelaine Smith
  • Annie Reilly
  • Paul Blackburn
  • Richard North

We believe that sharing stories from our history and heritage enriches all our lives. Stories connect people, inspire curiosity, create meaning and bring enjoyment.

We are a voluntary organisation committed to community participation in history and heritage.

The Board is always happy to hear from other individuals who are interested in exploring volunteering roles with the Trust. Check out out volunteering page to find out more about the roles and how to apply.

Our History

Hampshire History Trust grew out of Winchester Heritage Open Days, one of the biggest Heritage Open Days hubs in the country.

Five years ago Heritage Open Days barely existed in Winchester. This all changed in 2016, when local resident Nicky Gottlieb decided that Heritage Open Days should be an integral part of the local cultural calendar, and she single handedly arranged that year a programme of over 40 free events in and around the City. In 2017, she was joined by another local resident, Becky Brown, and since then they have worked up to 100hours per week between them unpaid year round to maintain and develop Winchester’s largest community heritage event.

Expanding and diversifying from less than a dozen events in 2015 to over 140 in 2019, Winchester Heritage Open Days is now flourishing. In 2019 our diverse range of events included expert talks and live theatre, as well as chocolate making and Regency dancing, and in 2020 we went online because of Covid-19. 2020 was also the year we set up Hampshire History Trust to oversee Winchester Heritage Open Days, and to take on other projects such as Hampshire HistBites.

We aim to promote and advance the rich and diverse history and heritage of the county of Hampshire by coordinating Winchester Heritage Open Days every September as well as setting up an annual festival of history that offers a range of activities, including but without limitation, living history events, guided walks, lectures and talks, exhibitions and workshops, guided visits to historic buildings and children’s activities.

We run throughout the year free and low cost history and heritage educational projects for the public benefit such as our podcast channel ‘Hampshire HistBites’. We also intend to launch a blue plaque scheme, starting in Winchester.

We believe that sharing stories from our history and heritage enriches all our lives.

Registered Address
42-43 East Stratton
SO21 3DT

Charity registration number: 1191377