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Join Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and a team of expert archaeologists to uncover the military past of Robinswood Hill through a summer of geophysical surveys and archaeological digs.

“We’re really excited to be delving into the history of Robinswood Hill and the part it played in World War II. Reservoir Camp, later known as Robinswood Barracks was in active use from around 1939 to the early 1960s before it was finally demolished for housing development,” said Nicky Simpson, Gloucester Community Wildlife Officer,

The Army Camp Archaeology project will take place in two parts this year, with initial sessions in May and follow up digs in July. Members of the public are welcome to attend and are encouraged to play a huge part in the project; carrying out geophysical surveys of the site where the army camp residences were located; learning new skills in archaeological techniques, recording and investigation; as well as gaining a greater knowledge of their local area along the way.

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust are also appealing for local people to get in touch with any information they have on Robinswood Hill, as Nicky Simpson explains: “Very little is known about the army camp so we’d love to hear memories or connections people have with the site so that we can build a better picture of the history of the area to share with future generations.” To share your story email nicola.simpson@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk.

Army Camp Archaeology is being run by the All Paths Lead to the Hill project, in partnership with Gloucester City Council Archaeologist Andrew Armstrong. The project encourages people local to Robinswood Hill to discover the underused site on the edge of Gloucester. Associated events and activities are designed to showcase the special heritage of Robinswood Hill, including wildlife, natural history, archaeology and geology.

The first Army Camp Archaeology event takes place on Friday 27th May from 9:30am to 12:30pm.

To book your place or find out more about this series of events and others run by local charity, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust visit www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk or call 01452 383333.

 

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