Pennylands - Historic Context

Recording Archaeology


There were over 100 huts within the compound and recent archaeological excavations at the site have recorded many of these, with brick foundations, concrete floors, pathways and shower blocks all identified. The finds from the site include metal badges, NAAFI crockery and cutlery, concrete moulds and children’s toys.

Aerial photographs taken in 1945 by the RAF show some of the buildings have gardens and in the central area are a group of larger huts, presumably the mess, kitchen and recreation buildings. Later photographs from 1951 show the camp almost totally demolished by then, with only a few huts surviving at the North end.

Building on this work, Addyman Archaeology will deliver public talks and a 2x day workshop programme to the volunteers, other interested participants and general estate visitors. Participants will join archaeologists to undertake an archaeological survey of one or more of the remaining hut bases.

Planned for March/April 2017 - This event will involve clearance of the vegetation above the buildings to expose the building masonry and remaining features such as drains, steps and pathways. These will be recorded using digital photography, scale drawing by hand and electronic survey.

Volunteers will be trained in archaeological techniques by professional archaeologists and introduced to the different aspects of historic building recording. In addition to learning archaeological techniques, they will also review historic plans and aerial photographs of the site to demonstrate desk-based assessment techniques.


Aerial view 1945