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The Battlefield beneath your feet

The Defence of East Sussex Project is the most comprehensive post-war survey of military activity in the county 1939-45 using original Allied and German sources.

There is a lot of evidence of wartime activity still remaining in the UK landscape - but did you know that there's a battlefield beneath your feet?

The Battlefield beneath your feet

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In Remembrance

In Remembrance

Posted: 08 Nov 2014

This year has been dominated by the start of the Great War Centenary commemorations. A key event was the installation of 888,246 poppies in the moat of the Tower of London, which I recently had the pleasure of visiting.

Blood Swept Lands and Sea of Red by artist Paul Cummins has been an outstanding success, with four million people estimated to have visited it so far - that's more than visit the London Eye in a year. The hand-made ceramic poppies, each one representing a British fatality, have been positioned by volunteers over a period of four months.

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East Sussex Piers in wartime

East Sussex Piers in wartime

03 Aug 2014

On 30th July, 2014, Eastbourne Pier was badly damaged when fire broke out in the pavilion, leaving about a third of the structure gutted.

Bomb craters (11) - Battle

Bomb craters (11) - Battle

24 Jul 2014

In 1943, three German bombs fell on the town of Battle in a daylight tip and run raid. The sudden attack saw two civilians killed and much damage to property across the County. Archive documents and fieldwork reveal surviving evidence of the attack.

The Dover Quad - a colonial pillbox?

The Dover Quad - a colonial pillbox?

16 Jul 2014

The so-called Dover Quad is a defence work classed as a 'pillbox'; not surprising, given its appearance. However, a new archive discovery has shed some light on the evolution of this oddity.

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