May 232011
 

 

 

 

 

After the success of the evaluation weekend work at Coleshill the National Trust has now been given the green light to stage two.

This is due to happen from Sunday 2nd July to Thursday 7th July at the Coleshill estate on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire border.

In January 2011 the evaluation weekend (Stage One) located the remains of structures that were previously unknown, as well as discovering many finds including a very well preserved bayonet.

In Stage Two the team plan to re-visit the concrete bases that were previously cleared and will add trenches next to the structures, which will hopefully provide them with either further information about the construction of the original buildings.

Other remains like the suspected ‘Generator Base’ and military vehicle servicing ramp will be cleared of vegetation so they can build a clearer picture of their uses.

During Stage One, a number of strong signals were logged from both metal detecting and geophysics that the team plan to follow-up on.  Some small test trenches may be put in to further investigate these.

The Coleshill Uncovered team are looking for volunteers to help search for further evidence of the headquarters and training grounds of Churchill’s secret Auxiliary Units.

Anyone over 18 years of age can participate and no experience of archaeology is needed. As the project has no funding the organisers have to charge a fee of £75 per person and this will cover you for the week.

For more info and terms of involvement please go to  www.coleshilluncovered.co.uk

Feb 202011
 

Yesterday some of the Coleshill Uncovered team started to clean, log and photograph the finds from weekend one at Coleshill.

It took about 4 hours and we have processed about 60 items. These vary from a watch strap to a 2 inch mortar.

The final report from the first weekend will be complete in the next few weeks and then hopefully further work can be planned for the site later this year.

You can see some of the images from yesterday below.

Learn more about Coleshill Uncovered here

Feb 112011
 

In July last year we helped organise an event at Coleshill to mark the 70th anniversary of the Auxiliary Units.

At the time a young lady called Emma Colman was walking around quietly with a microphone interviewing people.

She was putting together a lasting audio memory of the day which she very kindly has said we can now play on the site. You can hear this amazing piece of work here and if you attended, you might even be on the tape.

Our thanks go to Emma for allowing us to showcase her work.

Jan 242011
 

Well, what a weekend!

The Coleshill Uncovered project really lived up to its name and delivered.

Over the weekend more than 30 people gave up their time to help survey an area of woodland within the Coleshill estate and they were not disappointed by what they found.

Bases of Nissen huts were uncovered and some were much larger than expected. There were many small finds like fired cartridges as well as personal items like boot polish and even a cap from a toothpaste tube.

An unexpected find was a 2 inch mortar round which turned out to be live resulting in a bomb disposal team being called in to remove it.

CART member Peter Antill also found a bayonet still in it’s leather scabbard. (See Image)

All the findings of the weekend will now be painstakingly documented and a full report will be written up and presented to the National Trust in the near future.

You can stay in touch with this project by adding your name to the list here

CART would like to thank all participants and the National Trust for allowing this event to take place.

Jan 212011
 

In less than 23 hours members from CART, The Ridgeway Military and Aviation Research Group, Subterranea Britannica, Great War Archaeology Group and the University of Bristol will start work surveying parts of the Coleshill estate.

The grounds are normally closed to the public and site owners, the National Trust, have granted special permission for this work after approving a detailed proposal.

Each day approx 30 people will take part in sweeping the woodland in the hope of finding small finds and other items belonging to Churchill’s secret army.

You will be able to see live images taken over the weekend and and more info on this page

Dec 022010
 

Coleshill Uncovered has now been approved by the National Trust at Coleshill.

CART instigated a proposal to carry out a non invasive survey in the grounds of Coleshill with the aim of searching for more Operational Bases and any other Auxiliary  related finds. The weekend for the work to take part is January 22nd and 23rd 2011.

This will be a joint project between staff and students at Bristol University, members of Subterranea Britannica, The Ridgeway Military and Aviation Research Group  (RMARG), members of the public and CART.

It will be project managed by experienced archaeologist Neil Faulkner. You can read more about it here.

Anyone who would be keen to participate in these two days should contact CART asap.

Nov 012010
 

I am pleased to say that the National Trust at Coleshill have now confirmed that CART, and the other associated groups connected with ‘Coleshill Uncovered‘, can now set a date for the project to begin.

In May 2009, CART instigated a proposal to carry out a non invasive survey in the grounds of Coleshill.

‘Coleshill Uncovered’ will be a joint project between staff and students at Bristol University, members of Subterranea Britannica, The Ridgeway Military and Aviation Research Group (RMARG), members of the public and CART.

It will be project managed by experienced archaeologist Neil Faulkner.

You can read more about it here

Jul 012009
 

Today we have made real progress.

We have updated the site with all the new info including bunker pictures and started to style the site.

We also have made contact with the National Trust and they are very kindly going to take us on a tour of the bunkers and around the site. We will of course film this and get it on the website.

We have also made contact with one of Mabel Strank’s great grandchildren and he is keen to learn more on her also.

We would ideally like to film a reenactment of the training at the site and showcase some of the skills learnt by the mean…For this we will need to find actors and costumes, if anyone can help there please let us know.