Residents of NEW Forest are called upon to help a £22,500 archival project on a Lymington Napoleonic war hero, Sir Harry Burrard Neale.
The Charles Burnett Memorial Fund has donated £13,500 to St Barbe’s Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington and Friends of Sir Harry, so they can build up a collection of documents and information.
The archive will be housed at the museum, which provides around £4,000 of staff time and resources – but an additional £5,000 is needed from the public to complete the scheme.
Don Mackenzie, Chairman of the Friends group, said: ‘The friends of Sir Harry and the staff at St Barbe are delighted to have received this substantial grant from the Charles Burnett Memorial Fund to enable us to create an incredible archive of information about the Burrard family of Walhampton, Sir Harry Burrard Neale and company of Lymington.
“We will now launch a campaign to raise the matching funding needed to complete the project and we will seek community support.
“The Burrard family were a major driving force behind Lymington’s salt industry, which brought so much wealth to the town and the New Forest.”
Rear Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale, 2nd Baronet of Walhampton, joined the Royal Navy in 1778 and was present at the Siege of Charleston during the American Revolutionary War in 1780.
He later distinguished himself by helping to diffuse a naval mutiny at Nore, an anchorage on the Thames Estuary, in 1797 and served on board HMS London during the Napoleonic War in 1806.
Sir Harry became Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet in 1823 and was subsequently made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.
He was also Member of Parliament for Lymington four times between 1790 and 1835 and later obtained a post in the Royal Household as Groom to the House of King George III.
The new Sir Harry Life Archive project will contain both digital and physical records, with the digital records available for viewing on the museum and Friends websites.
To help fund the archive project, visit friendsofsirharry.org