The community excavation was focused on the last surviving section of the camp, located in the south-east corner. Over the two days at the end of March, nine buildings were surveyed and recorded, comprising five accommodation blocks, two possible stores, a shower/washing block and a probable toilet block.
One building was fully uncovered and drawings were made. This was revealed to be a former wash house containing 30 sets of sinks/showers and several drains on the south side. In addition, an accommodation block was partially uncovered. Once the buildings had been recorded, the site was backfilled and reinstated.
Around 30 volunteers participated in the excavation and a similar number stopped as they passed by to share information. Four of them had lived in the camp as children. The volunteers could learn more about the various skills involved in archaeological excavation, ranging from drawing and photography to the excavation of specific areas with a hand-tool.
The community excavation provided an opportunity for the volunteers and those who visited the site to be involved in a practical way in helping to uncover the story of Pennylands Camp during its various phases. This work added to the records from the earlier excavations at the camp and the results now form part of the general record after the camp was finally abandoned in the late 1950s.
The results of the excavation have been added to the oral testimony, archive research and artefacts from the community project to generate an almost complete story of the camp.