Guest post: Join an airfield archaeology training day at IWM Duxford

By Eighth in the East on 02/07/2015

Participants in an Eighth in the East archaeology training day get to grips with the ambulance garage and mortuary building at Shipdham airfield, Norfolk.

Guest post: Eighth in the East urge you to come along to IWM Duxford on 26 July to learn how to record and preserve your local airfield.

The Community Archaeologist from the Eighth in the East project has been training local communities across East Anglia in how to record the surviving airfield archaeology and buildings, now it's Duxford’s turn to host a training day.

The Eighth in the East is a three-year Heritage Lottery Funded project which aims to promote and record the built and social legacy of the 8th Air Force during their time here in the East of England in World War II.

Many of the airfield buildings that were the homes and workplaces of the air force personnel have gone. The buildings that survive were never meant to last 70 years and are now on the verge of being lost. We want to record these buildings before they disappear and we need your help to do this!

On Sunday 26 July the Eighth in the East will be running a day-long course providing an introduction to recording WWII airfield buildings. This course will be held at the IWM Duxford from 11am until around 4pm.

The morning will be spent at the museum learning how to conduct a building survey, followed by an afternoon where you can test your new recording skills and explore airfield buildings nearby. The building recording process is very simple and comprises just a small amount of paperwork and a few photographs for each building, no detailed drawing is required. We also have the extremely helpful 1945 mapping of the airfields; detailing the location, construction type and original use of each building to aid you in your survey work.

The data produced from your survey work will be inputted onto the Cambridgeshire County Council Historic Environment Record and all your hard work will enhance our understanding of these disappearing sites. In helping out the Eighth in the East project we want you to learn new archaeological skills and at the same time help to preserve your local history.

The training day is free for "Council for British Archaeology East" (CBA East) members and "Cambridgeshire Jigsaw affiliated group members". If you are not already a member of the CBA EAST or Jigsaw you can join on the day for just £5. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

To book please email or ring 07856 267936. Further details will be provided upon booking.

To find out more about future and past events take a look at

Martin Cuthbert, Community Archaeologist


Report on the day itself

By Lucy May on 20/08/2015

Check out Martin's report of the day over on the Eighth in the East website: