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Coleshill Underground - A National Trust Weekend

Coleshill, Oxfordshire - 15th & 16th Spetember 2012 

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The National Trust, Coleshill held another event at Coleshill on September 15th & 16th 2012. CART researchers were on hand to offer advice on the site and general Aux activity around the UK.

CART also tweeted live during the event and have added some images to their  Facebook page. 



Coleshill UndergroundAs the sun set over Coleshill and the re-enactors packed up their tents we look back at the 48 hours that made up the Coleshill Underground Weekend and and say well done to everyone who took part.

The weekend followed months of planning by the National Trust at Coleshill and was a vast improvement on the previous event in 2010.


There were many catering retailers this year and the food options were very tasty. Entertainment was provided by the Warneford Big Band and there was plenty to do for children and families from face painting to code breaking. 

Coleshill Underground
 Coleshill Underground


On Saturday the new replica Operational Base was opened by Coleshill trained Auxilier Bob Millard and after a brilliant speech he cut the ribbon with his Fairbairn Sykes dagger before taking the time to talk to young and old about his training and service.

Crowds then queued for hours to have a sneak peak inside the unfinished building.

CART researchers wandered around the vast estate answering questions and helping people find the key parts of the site.

On both days there were three talks given. Bill King spoke about how the Auxiliers were formed. Karen Fielder spoke about the architectural masterpiece that was Coleshill House and Chris Pratt from the British Resistance Museum at Parham educated listeners on the three elements to the British Resistance Movement.

The talks were full on both days.



Auxiliary Re-Enactors brought the sites wartime use to life with weapons displays, loud bangs and hands on practical education of weapons and explosives used. Tony Salter brought his excellent mobile Aux display and fired up the children’s imagination.


 Coleshill Underground


Coleshill Underground 


The 70 year old original Operational Base set deep in the Coleshill woods was also open and National Trust volunteer

Roger Green provided guided tours and more than comfortably filled the boots of the late warden Keith Blaxhall.

There were many vintage vehicles on display with the Austin 7 club and the Military Vehicle Trust (MVT) present.


On Sunday CART researchers set up a small display in the Granary and answered many questions from the public.

Impressionist, playwright and comedian Rory Bremner even popped in and picked up a CART flyer. Later he posted on Twitter.

 Coleshill Underground

Coleshill Underground

Thanks to all who took part and all who attended and special thanks to Keith Blaxhall who kept the Aux fire burning at Coleshill for over 30 years.


This video is kindly supplied by Adam Lomas


Pictures from the event can be seen below. If you have taken any pictures please share them with us by emailing 

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A similar event was held in 2010 at Coleshill and can be seen here 
BBC Oxford News - (14/9/12)
BBC Radio Oxford Interview (11/9/12) - Liza Dibble from the NT Coleshill talking about the event and site.
BBC Radio Wiltshire Interview (13/9/12) - CART Founder Tom Sykes talking about the event. Please note that BBC Wiltshire said that CART were organising this and were displaying in the interview and this is not true and the opposite of what we told them.