The Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team (CART) provide an internal network for dedicated
researchers who focus on the British Resistance. Its supporters
believe this history should be made public, so its findings are published on the British Resistance
Archive (BRA) website.
CART consists of carefully selected volunteer historians and published writers known as County Information
CART is non-profit making and has no financial support from any company or organisation. It is funded solely by
occasional small donations and the revenue it makes from the sale of various items
sold in the shop.
Since CART's birth on 29th June 2009 the website, which contains more than 1,300 pages of
research, has seen over 600,000 visitors and its findings have attracted TV, radio and national press
As well as the ability to search for a relative on the BRA website, CART also provides a personalised regional
search through one of its County Information Officers (CIOs).
In the last 7 years CART's CIOs have spent many hours in archive centres, libraries and on-line
as well as reading all the published work on the subject and networking with other researchers. This history is
still very secret and a lot is still not talked about and hidden. It takes time for them to obtain the information
and because of this patrol reports are updated over a period of years.
CIOs represent CART and have direct contact with the public. Their research is then published on the BRA
website. In return for this dedication they have access to an internal research hub which contains hundreds of
documents which for various reasons cannot be made public. Some information is donated to CART for internal review
only. In the main this research does end up on the site but maybe not in the original way it was delivered.
CART organised a march for the British Resistance contingent on Remembrance Sunday 2013 at the Cenotaph. It was the first time
members of the Auxiliary Units have marched and was a very important day for Auxiliers as they have never had
official recognition by the British government.
In 2011 CART created a unique film on the Welsh resistance for the Abergavenny
Museum and published 'Gone to Ground', the only known novel by an Auxilier.
The Coleshill Reborn project was also launched which investigated the
tunnel system under Coleshill House and produced a full set of CAD technical drawings of Coleshill House and the
CART has also organised many events, most notably at Tottington Manor, the regional Aux training HQ
in Sussex. This saw Sussex Intelligence Officer Captain Ian Benson, return after
70 years and talk for the first time to the public about his top secret work.
The team are always looking for new volunteers and researchers to help expand their knowledge and resources.
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CART Debunked -
Commonly asked questions and myths about CART
+ What is CART?
The Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team (CART) is an online publishing space and internal network for serious and dedicated researchers who focus on the British Resistance.
CART is made up of select volunteer historians and published writers known as County Information Officers (CIOS).
CART is not a business or an academic body of professional researchers.
CART is non-profit making and has no financial support from any company or organisation. It is funded solely by donations and the revenue it makes from the sale of various items sold in the shop.
+ Who set up CART?
The Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team was set up in June 2009 by Tom Sykes after he was informed about Coleshill and its wartime involvement. Tom set up a website as it seemed the easiest way to collate the information he was finding out.
Tom had no idea at that stage that there were other researchers around the country and soon a small network was formed.
+ Who manages CART?
CART is managed at national level by Tom Sykes who founded the group in 2009 and a local regional level by each CIO. The group is run in a very democratic way and all key decisions are opened up to the CIO’s and in some cases the members for discussion and for a vote.
+ Do you withhold any information?
CART does withhold certain files and for various reasons. The first is that some information is donated to CART for internal research on the condition that they don’t publish it. In the main this research does end up on the site but maybe not in the original way it was delivered. CART ensure the owner(s) of the material are happy for them to publish after due care has been given. The second reason is that much of what CART shares is restricted with copyright and publishing this would mean they could be prosecuted.
All CART researchers share the same vision to ensure that the work these brave men and women undertook is made public and in a way that does them justice. CART researchers do not believe in hoarding that info or withholding any unless it has no other choice.
+ How can I join CART?
Anyone can become a supporter of CART by becoming a Friend of the BRA here https://www.coleshillhouse.com/friend.php
+ How can I become a CIO?
Becoming a CIO is a little bit more tricky. CART has to be very careful who they appoint to represent them in each county. To become a CIO you must be available to research the British Resistance in your area or chosen field, and apply through CART HQ. Most importantly you must be someone who believes in freely sharing research material. More on that here https://www.coleshillhouse.com/cart-research-structure.php
+ How do I know the information on your site is correct?
Our CIO’s do all they can to ensure the information they publish is accurate. They spend hundreds of hours each year in archive centres, libraries and on-line as well as reading all the published work on the subject and networking with other researchers. This history is still very secret and a lot is still not talked about and hidden. It takes time for them to obtain the information and because of this you may find patrol reports are updated over a period of years.
+ Why do you sometimes publish a report on a patrol which contains very little information?
A CIO has two options with regards to publishing. They can publish what they do know, making it clear the research is far from complete and then let the public find this research, which happens almost daily, and the public who are often relatives then confirm and help fill in the blanks OR they can collate a report over many years and then publish it when and IF it is ever complete which in the case of this clandestine history is almost never.
+ Who do I contact if I want to use some information from your site?
If the information is on a county page then the individual CIO should be contacted as it is their work. If it is on another page then you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
+ Other questions
If you have any other questions, have heard a rumour about us and want an answer then please email Tom Sykes email@example.com
'I fully support CART’s mission to honour their bravery. Their vital work should
remain secret no longer.' - Justin Tomlinson MP
Some of CART's researchers on a trip to Parham Airfield in