Collection Highlights

Caravan Club New Forest Meet, Cadnam, Hampshire, 1914

From 30 May to 8 June 1914, the then Caravan Club ran the biggest gathering of its members and their caravans held since the organisation was formed in 1907.

The Meet, a forerunner to the caravan Rally, showcased the growing popularity of horse-drawn caravanning in the UK. Yet only two months later the world was plunged into the devastating conflict of the First World War. Never again did so many horse-drawn caravanners gather in the same place at one time.

This page features a range of images and articles relating to the event, including idyllic photographs rediscovered by the Club in 2008. Following a programme of cataloguing, digitisation and extensive research, the story of the Meet has been brought back to life.

If you would like a copy of any of our images, please visit our dedicated Motoring Picture Library website