IT'S opening time for a new exhibition at Aldershot military museum, where the secret history of Rushmoor's public houses is revealed.

Visitors to the museum can now trace the history of their favourite "local".

Called "Last Orders", this special exhibition explores the history of public houses and licensed premises in Rushmoor over the last 150 years.

It charts the origins of the 61 public houses currently trading and compares the different patterns of growth in Aldershot and Farnborough.

A series of interactive displays also reveal what it was like to visit a pub 100 years ago by uncovering the meaning of decorative pub signs and the rules of traditional games such as shove-ha'penny. Visitors can even have a go at designing their own pub sign.

"This is an important exhibition because public houses are such an enduring and familiar aspect of Rushmoor's heritage. At the same time, "Last Orders" also gives us the opportunity to showcase the museum's extensive local history collection," said Ian Maine, museum curator.

Aldershot Military Museum continues to actively collect artefacts which help to tell the story of Rushmoor's development. Anyone considering loaning or donating an object or photograph to the museum, should contact Ian Maine or Sally Day on 01252 314598.

The museum, located just off Queen's Avenue, between Aldershot and North Camp, is open to visitors seven days a week.

The "Last Orders" exhibition is free of charge and will remain on display until the end of September. Normal visitor charges apply for entrance to the museum.