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Shedding light on historic archaeological finds from Second World War

Posted onPosted on 16th Jun

Conservation charity The Sherwood Forest Trust is to deliver a special online event in partnership with Mercian Archaeological Services – providing valuable insights into archaeological finds in Sherwood Forest from the Second World War.

Titled Camps, Trenches, Trains and Tanks: WWII Archaeology in Sherwood Forest on 24th June, from 6pm-7pm, will feature a talk by Nottinghamshire-based Mercian Archaeological Services, introducing evidence found within Sherwood Forest dating back to the Second World War – as well as information on further discoveries of significance the team hopes to uncover.

A project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, titled Spirit of Wartime Sherwood, is currently operating and recording the archaeological remains of the conflict, which can still be found across various locations in the area.

Mercian Archaeological Services, an independent research company specialising in training, community archaeology and public involvement, is using the latest technologies alongside historic documentation, aerial photographs and personal memories, to unearth potential remains of earthworks, buildings and infrastructure across Sherwood.

Sherwood Forest was used by the military as a location for ammunition stores, prisoner of war camps and training areas throughout the conflict and played a significant role for the British military.

This latest talk will explain current findings in the forest by archaeologists and introduce the Spirit of Wartime Sherwood archaeology project to the local community.

“Speaking about the event, the trust’s chief executive, Patrick Candler, said: “Thanks to considerable funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and with the support of our friends at Mercian Archaeologial Services, we’re delighted to be able to host this event for those as keen as we are to delve into the past of Sherwood Forest.

“Understanding events that have shaped its landscape and told its story over the years are crucial if we are to continue to learn more about this beautiful part of Nottinghamshire.”

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Surveys are being used by Mercian Archaeological Services to paint a picture of the landscape and detect what might still be hidden underground – while playing a vital role in current findings.

“Only by surveying the area, excavating, and examining items buried for the best part of a century, can we understand the past of Sherwood during what was a community-changing period in its history,” added Patrick.

“Ultimately, we want to be able to tell a story of the Forest which is true to the memories of the people who fought and died for our country and reflects the significant role this poignant forest played in helping the world end such a deadly conflict.”

The event is free to attend and those wishing to sign up can do so via Eventbrite. Visit for more information.