Milestones was created with over 85 thousand tons of chalk being excavated into a grassy hillside to produce a vast building on two levels for an incredible range of displays. The museum represents a story of how local people lived in the past. It covers 150 years of Hampshire history together with a large display of over 25 vehicles built by a commercial manufacturer Thornycroft, a major employer in Basingstoke. On the upper floor you explore the cobbled streets of Milestones bringing history to life. There are old shops offering wares from cameras to hats. You can hear tunes in the gramophone shop, visit Kingdons, the ironmongery or visit the Victorian schoolroom. You can even sample a pint in the Beaverbrook Arms pub or look in on Webbers garage with two Morris Eights in the showroom. There are vehicles parked in every street such that you forget that you are indoors. There is even a GWR railway station, a fire station, a saw mill and a tram shed. Time will be lost as you walk among the many displays taking in the magic.