Maritime Archaeology Trust
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. You can find out more about the history of the wall here. The project will:
This project has been made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, it focuses on an important heritage feature of Southampton.
Through the project viewer you can explore the wall, zoom into the bricks and see the inscriptions. Open the left panel to scroll through the names so far recorded – this will take you to the place on the wall where you can see their inscription. It will also show further information in the right panel where different resources can be viewed using the icons at the top of the panel.
If you are visiting the wall in person, you can download and have a go at our quiz here. The answers to the quiz are here - no cheating! There is also a history-themed geoaches in the area. Find the clues to it here!
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If you would like to volunteer to become involved in the project please visit our volunteering page and fill in the registration form.