As Part of the Agincourt 600 commemorations, Eastleigh Borough Council in collaboration with the Hamble Valley Heritage Guides and the University of Southampton will be running a course for people who want to train to be volunteer heritage interpretators.

The training course, which will include lecture sessions with professional historians, practical sessions on communication and inter-acting with the public, field trips and access to Agincourt 600 events, will begin this autumn.

The Hamble Valley Heritage Guides have been introducing visitors and locals alike to all aspects of the history, heritage and natural heritage of the Hamble Valley for the last 10 years. Their popular programme of village walks, long distance walks, talks, and site interpretation happens throughout the year – they are so popular that the group need new recruits.

“With all the interest in Agincourt and the planned maritime archaeological dig on Henry V’s flagship Grace Dieu, we are expecting even more public interest in the history of the Hamble Valley,” said chairman Eric Reed. “The Hamble Valley Heritage Guides are a friendly group who are enthusiastic about our local region and enjoy engaging with the public, and we are glad to be part of Agincourt 600 and hope to engage lots of new recruits for the society.”

The course will run on a Tuesday evening, through till March 2016, with breaks for Christmas and Half Term. There is an administration cost of £50.

To register and/or to find out more about the course, email

To find out more about the Hamble Valley Heritage Guides, visit their website on