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Calling all budding artists! Unleash your creative side in our History Through Your Eyes art competition. Explore the huge amount of local history and heritage on our doorstep in Basingstoke and Deane and create a piece of art inspired by what you find. 

Fuel your inspiration, explore the borough!

Visit historical landmarks, delve into local library resources or see what you can find out online.
Chat with family and friends about their memories of Basingstoke and Deane’s past or take a look through old photo albums. Take a trip down memory lane with Love Basingstoke as we share ideas on our social channels throughout May.

Check out the map below for ideas on places to visit and find out more about the competition including how to enter.

Find your Location

Explore our interactive map to discover historical landmarks, museums, and hidden gems, or delve deeper into the stories that shaped our town through informative resources.

Hampshire Cultural Trust

Basing House

Visit the ruins of Basing House which served as a significant Royalist stronghold until it was destroyed in 1645.

Visit Basing House
Festival Place

Basingstoke Discovery Centre

The library has a huge range of local history resources you can access for free. Take a look at old maps, photos and copies of old publications.

Visit Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Basingstoke Town Trail

A self-guided walk showing you more about the town’s history, from Domesday to the modern day.

Visit Basingstoke Town Trail
Andy Beeson

Milestones Museum

Hampshire’s museum of living history. Explore the museum’s streets, shops and buildings to discover how people used to live, buy a ration of sweets from the 1940s sweet shop and view the unique collection of vintage vehicles.

Visit Milestones Museum
Oakley Hall Hotel

Oakley Hall Hotel

Oakley Hall dates back to 1795 and has links to the celebrated novelist Jane Austen who lived in the nearby village of Steventon.

Visit Oakley Hall Hotel
©National Trust Images/James Dobson

Sandham Memorial Chapel

Built in the 1920s for Stanley Spencer. Visit the chapel which contains his paintings.

Visit Sandham Memorial Chapel

Silchester Roman Walls

The complete circuit of the Roman walls, some of the best-preserved Roman town defences in England, and remains of the amphitheatre still stand.

Visit Silchester Roman Walls
St Nicholas Church

St Nicholas Church, Steventon

St Nicholas was originally built around the year 1200 and, apart from some limited 13th, 15th and 19th century alterations, has stayed much the same since it was first built. The church is used regularly for worship and is well known for its associations with Jane Austen, born in Steventon in 1775, being the single most important building left standing in Steventon which relates to her. Her father George Austen, two of her brothers James and Henry, and her nephew William Knight were all Rectors of Steventon. Jane was baptized in St. Nicholas.

Visit St Nicholas Church, Steventon
Holy Ghost Cemetary

The Holy Ghost Cemetery

Steeped in history, the Holy Ghost Cemetery is something of a hidden treasure in the town centre and if you visit today you can still see ruins. The burial ground has been in use since 1208 during the reign of King John and was extended in 1858 to the current footprint to accommodate the growing population of the town. Several well-known people including Thomas Burberry are buried here.

Visit The Holy Ghost Cemetery
The Vyne ©National Trust Images/John Miller

The Vyne

Explore a former Tudor powerhouse turned 17th Century family home, set in gardens, woodlands and wetlands.

Visit The Vyne
Willis Museum, located at the Top of Town

Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery

Discover Basingstoke and Deane’s past, from the rich archaeological heritage beneath our feet right up to the modern day in this early Victorian building that was once Basingstoke’s town hall

Visit Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery
Credit Whitchurch Silk Mill

Whitchurch Silk Mill

The UK’s oldest working silk mill and a gem of industrial heritage located on the River Test.

Visit Whitchurch Silk Mill

Transform your discoveries

Translate what you learn into a captivating piece of art. This could be a drawing, painting,  photography project or video. Here's some guidance to help you:

  • Your artwork should reflect the competition theme of Basingstoke and Deane’s local and community history.
  • Your artwork must be original.
  • Drawn or painted artwork must be sized A3 or under.
  • Videos must be a maximum of one minute in length.
  • Digital files should be 10MB and under.

Please take care when exploring and gathering inspiration. Don't trespass on any land or harm any wildlife or habitats. 

Enter the competition

Entry is free and we can only accept ne entry per person. There are three categories – five to 10 years old, 11 to 17 years old, and 18 and over with a winner in each category. The winner in each category will get a £50 Festival Place Voucher.

We are excited that entries will be displayed at Basingstoke Festival and then at Basingstoke Discovery Centre during the summer holidays.

To enter the competition, send your artwork and the entry form by post or hand to: Economy and Culture, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke, RG21 4AH; or by email to: (If Artwork is sent by email please retain a copy of the original Artwork for display purposes).

Remember, applicants under 18 must get consent from a parent or legal guardian before entering the competition.

Closing date for entries is 4pm on Friday 7 June. Please read the full terms and conditions before entering.

Terms and Conditions

The Competition:

  • In celebration of Local and Community History Month, entrants are invited to submit a piece of art (“Artwork”) for the chance to win a prize in the ‘History Through Your Eyes’ Art Competition (“the Competition”).
  • The Competition is operated by Love Basingstoke with the support of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council of Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke, RG21 4AH.
  • Your entry into this Competition shall constitute your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and your agreement to be bound by them. These Terms and Conditions take effect immediately upon your entry to the Competition.

The Artwork:

  • The Artwork should reflect the Competition theme of Basingstoke and Deane’s local and community history.
  • The Artwork can be created using any appropriate medium (except sculpture) subject to these terms:
    - Drawn or painted Artwork must be sized A3 or under.
    - Videos must be a maximum of one minute in length.
    - Digital files must be a maximum of 10MB
    - A model release form will be required for everyone visible in a film or photograph.
    - The Artwork must be original and must not infringe the rights of third parties, including copyright, trademark, trade secrets, privacy, publicity, personal or proprietary rights.
    - Participants can submit the original hard copy Artwork or a digital version.
  •  All entries must be produced legally without trespassing on any land and no wildlife or habitats should be harmed, put at risk, or unduly disturbed during the process.
  • All Artwork must be accompanied by a short (less than 150 words) description.

Who can enter?

  • The Competition is open to all UK residents aged five and over, free of charge.
  • Applicants under 18 must get consent from a parent or legal guardian before entering the Competition. The parent or legal guardian of applicants under 18 agrees to these Terms and Conditions on behalf of the applicants.
  • One entry per person

How to enter?

  • The Competition will run from 2.00pm on 10 May 2024 (the "Opening Date") to 4.00pm on 7 June 2024 (the "Closing Date") inclusive.
  • All Competition entries must be received by Economy and Culture, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke, RG21 4AH by 4.00pm on 7 June 2024. All Competition entries received after the Closing Date will not be judged.
    • To enter the Competition, entrants can send their Artwork and an accompanying short description: By post or hand delivered to: Economy and Culture, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke, RG21 4AH; or
    • By email to: (If Artwork is sent by email please retain a copy of the original Artwork for display purposes).
  • Once submitted, Artwork cannot be returned and remains the property of Love Basingstoke
  • Love Basingstoke will not accept responsibility for competition entries that are lost, mislaid, damaged or delayed in transit, regardless of cause, including, for example, as a result of any postal failure, equipment failure, technical malfunction, systems, satellite, network, server, computer hardware or software failure of any kind.
  • On entry Participants will be required to provide: name, age (if under 18), email addresses along with contact information for the entrant’s parent or guardian if under 18.
  • By entering the Competition, you grant a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, and worldwide right and licence to Love Basingstoke to use your Artwork on the Love Basingstoke website, in promotional activity and in an exhibition at Basingstoke Festival and at Basingstoke Discovery Centre.

The prize

The first prize (winner) in each category will win the following prize:

Age 5 - 10: 1 x £50.00 Festival Place Voucher
Age 11 – 17: 1 x £50.00 Festival Place Voucher
Adults (18+): 1 x £50.00 Festival Place Voucher

There is no cash alternative and prizes are not transferable.

The vouchers are valid for one year from the Closing Date. The gift card cannot be used online. See Festival Place’s website for a list of stores that accept the card.


  • The judges shall assess the entries and one winner from each age category (5-10, 11-17 and 18 over – ages) will be selected by 28 June 2024.
  • The judges’ decisions shall be final.
  • The winners will be contacted via email by Love Basingstoke within three weeks of the Closing Date to allow for judging. The email address on the entry form will be used.
  • Love Basingstoke will publish the winners’ full names and a picture of the Artwork on the Love Basingstoke Facebook page once the winners have been contacted.
  • No correspondence regarding the results will be entered into.

Claiming the prize

Winners will be contacted via email.

To claim the prize, winners must reply to the email confirming the name and delivery address that was supplied on the entry form. The vouchers will be posted to that address by recorded delivery within 14 days of acceptance. 

Data Protection and Publicity

Personal information will only be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act, the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 and other applicable data privacy laws. See above for information regarding announcement of winners.


  • By entering the Competition you agree that your name and Artwork will be displayed on the Love Basingstoke website (, Love Basingstoke Facebook page, local exhibitions and in any other media and can be used for promotional purposes. Love Basingstoke reserves the right to publish the names and Artwork of the winners for promotional purposes, subject to compliance with Data Protection Legislation.
  • If there is any reason to believe that there has been a breach of these Terms and Conditions, Love Basingstoke at its sole discretion, reserves the right to exclude you from participating in the Competition.
  • Love Basingstoke reserves the right to suspend, amend or cancel the Competition where it becomes necessary to do so.