Recording heritage and disseminating the untold stories of Second World War troops
Thanks to funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund between April 2019 and October 2020 the project will bring to life the inscribed graffiti left behind by some of the 3.5 million troops who passed through Southampton on their way to the Normandy beaches. A section of wall near Southampton port has been preserved as it includes over 100 inscriptions made by waiting troops. This wall is eroding and impacting the inscriptions. The project will:
Use photographic techniques to make a lasting archaeological record of the inscriptions.
Provide opportunities for volunteers to learn survey and research skills to investigate the men who left these marks and discover their stories and fate.
Use the images and research to form a 3D interactive, annotated model available to all online.
Deliver a programme of public outreach events to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day and during 2020, which will include talks, school and youth workshops and an exhibition.
Provide local schools with education packs and the opportunity to be able to take part in tours around the D-Day heritage.
Install an interpretation panel at the wall to raise the profile of this often over-looked feature.
This project has been made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, it focuses on an important heritage feature of Southampton.
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Head Office: National Oceanography Centre, European Way, Southampton, SO14 3ZH. Tel - 02380 593290 Volunteer & Fieldwork Office: Fairways House, Mount Pleasant Road, Southampton, SO14 0QB. Tel - 02380 237300