Plaque at Shide for Milne Tree

Walkers along the Shide to Blackwater cycle track will now see a new plaque in continuing memory of the seismologist John Milne.

Newport Parish Council, in collaboration with the Landscape Group, has renewed and re sited a plaque damaged during grass cutting last summer. The plaque gives details of a Hornbeam planted in 2008 by the Histree Project in continuing memory of John Milne and is in the same style as the interpretation board commissioned by the Parish Council in 2013 to mark the centenary of his death.

The original Hornbeam was planted in the 1970s by the Japanese Ambassador and, when it died of natural causes, it was replaced in 2008 by the Histree Project and Gift to Nature. The re-siting of the plaque makes it more visible to all visitors to the area as it is now at eye level.

Dale Young of the Landscape Group was keen to work with the Parish Council to replace the plaque when it was inadvertently removed by a tractor cutter due to the low stone plinth being covered in grass. The Group have supplied and installed the new post and will ensure the area is hand cut in the future to preserve the original 1970’s plaque.

Cllr Geoff Lumley as parish councillor for the area said ‘I am delighted we were able to reinstate the plaque, Newport Parish Council are keen to continue to commemorate the life and work of John Milne and this is a small but interesting piece of that history’.

Milne Plaque

6th Feb 2015 Cycle Track

Cllr Geoff Lumley and Dale Young of the Landscape Group – 6th February 2015

Milne Trail

The Parish Council had developed a trail leaflet to commemorate the centenary of the death of John Milne, sometimes knows as John ‘Earthquake’ Milne, renowned for his work on seismology, who died in Newport in July 1913. The idea of the trail is to literally track the later part of his life here, noting points of interest that he himself would have been familiar with more than one hundred years ago.

The first Milne Trail walk commenced on 30th July 2013 and was a huge success. We had approximately 18 members of the public join us on the walk which was led by Richard Smelt (the Island Heritage Services Manager) prior to the Milne Information Board unveiling.

Beginning of Milne Trail Walk

To view the trail leaflet, please Click Here

Hard copies are also available at the Lord Louis Library, the Riverside Centre, the Quay Arts Centre and the Museum of Island History (Guild Hall).


Milne Interpretation Board

To celebrate the life of the famous seismologist John Milne, Newport Parish Council has commissioned an interpretation board in the Shide area near to his former residence and observatory. The board will be unveiled on Tuesday 30th July at 4pm by Professor Teruyuki Kato – President of the Seismological Society of Japan and Dr William Twycross – John Milne’s great great nephew.

The idea was brought to the Parish Council by local residents keen to see a physical memorial to Milne erected in the area. Cllr Geoff Lumley, as parish and IW Councillor for the ward, lead a steering group made up of local historians and residents to develop the project. In addition to the board, plaques at the location of the observatory and also Shide Lodge have been put in place.  John Milne’s wife Tone was Japanese and Newport attracts many overseas tourists interested in Milne’s work, so to familiarise visitors to the area a ‘Milne Trail’ has been produced to show the points of interest that John Milne would have known 100 years ago.

Thanks to a successful Heritage Lottery bid and funds from Newport Parish Council, this project has been completed in time for the centenary of his death on 31st July. It is hoped that the permanent commemoration will raise the profile of this important figure for the current and future generations.

The Parish Council would like to thank local historian Patrick Nott, Richard Smout, IW Heritage Service Manager, Mike Bishop, former curator of Carisbrooke Castle Museum and Giles Standing from Carisbrooke Castle Museum, for their invaluable help with the text for the board, plaques and Trail. Grateful thanks is also given to the residents who are hosting the plaques on the gateways of their properties.

The official Milne Information Board unveiling was on 30th July 2013 and was a huge success. We had approximately 45 members of the public turn up to view the new information board. After the unveiling, the attendees were invited back to the Riverside Centre for tea and scones, we feel that it was a very successful day.

A special thanks to Councillor Terry Martin for the photography on the day.

Unveiling of Milne Information BoardTea and Scones After UnveilingBoard - One                                  To view this board in plain text, please Click Here

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