The New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust/New Forest Heritage Centre is proud to be supported by two patrons:



Chris Packham is an English naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author, best known for his television work including the CBBC children’s nature series The Really Wild Show from 1986 to 1995. He has also presented the BBC nature series Springwatch, including Autumnwatch and Winterwatch, since 2009.

A New Forest resident, Chris has been a patron of the New Forest Heritage Centre since 2015, after presenting a fundraising lecture (Wild in the Forest) with local filmaker Dr Manny Hinge.

(Image by Paul Carter)


DAN SNOW - Patron

Dan Snow ‘The History Guy’ believes ‘History is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to anyone on this planet’.

Dan was born and raised in London, and remembers spending every weekend of his childhood being taken to castles, battlefields, country houses and churches.

Dan developed a great love of history which he went on to pursue at Oxford University. While there he also rowed in the Boat Race three times!

He left with a double first in history and started presenting military history programmes with his father, Peter Snow. Their series, Battlefield Britain, won a BAFTA award.

During the course of his work Dan has flown Second World War aircraft, been gassed, shoveled muck in a sewer under London for a day, contracted pneumonia and been trained as a sniper. (BBC One)

Dan has been a patron of the New Forest Heritage Centre since 2013. He has been a guest speaker at one of the Centre’s fundraising lectures and unveiled the commemorative bench in memory of Captain Arthur Phillip, a Lyndhurst resident who became the first Governor of Australia.

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