Exhibition 28 – 30 August 2021

“The times they wuz a’changin’ – Milton Abbas then and now”.

Our exhibition will take place in the Reading Rooms and south aisle of St James church Saturday 28th and Monday 30th August 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday 29th August11 am to 4 pm.

Put the date in your diary, and come along and discuss Milton Abbas then and now over a cup of tea (and cake). Entry is by voluntary donation to help us pay for our research and putting on the exhibition.

We have much to show our visitors with artefacts, refreshments and lots of new information on the life of the people here during the destruction of the Old Town and building of the new model village. 

It has been exciting to research the lives of Milton Abbas people in Georgian times when great changes were taking place in society, and, in addition, Milton Abbas had to deal with its own upheavals. We hope that it will be just as exciting for our visitors. Certainly, we have learned a lot, and we would just love to share it with you.

Of particular importance to everyone’s lives in Milton Abbas were the massive changes in the roads which Lord Milton made, the pulling down of the thriving market town which had been next to the Abbey for at least 750 years, the removal of the grammar school where local children could get a free education, removal of the parish church, the making of the lake, changes in farming practises, feeding the poor, overcrowding, malnutrition, disease, our very own Milton Abbas Martyrs of 1803,……….We will tell the stories of the families who prospered and those who did not. We have also been researching what people wore, what they ate and sanitation.

Actually, when I think about it, the moving of the roads, the destruction of the town, the building of the model village, the building of the dam and lake, the Capability Brown landscape, are all of national significance to our cultural heritage and should be more widely known and recognised. Come and find out why.

From the House of Lords to the Milton Abbas poor house – we have it covered. And we will be showing the postcards of Milton Abbas that document the changes that have taken place in the last century.

See you there!