The Great War in Wiltshire

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9.30am – 5.30pm

Tidworth Garrison Centre

Tickets £30 (£20 WANHS members/Breaking Ground Heritage members/Forces). Lunch included.

Showcasing recent research to mark the centenary of the First World War

Organised by Wiltshire Museum and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Proceeds from the Conference will support Breaking Ground Heritage – created by veterans to assist in the recovery of other veterans and serving personnel using heritage as a pathway.

We are working on an exciting programme for the Conference. Topics confirmed so far include:

  • A study of the First World War Graffiti in Figheldean – Tony Hack (Wiltshire Graffiti Research Project)
  • The role of research in protecting Wiltshire’s war memorials – Katy Whitaker (Historic England)
  • 9 KM of practice trenches, 300m of tunnels and the Larkhill 300 – Si Clegget (Wessex Archaeology) & Martin Brown (Wiltshire Council Archaeology Service)
  • Researching First World War supply lines in Wiltshire – Sue Nelson & Lorraine Mepham (Wessex Archaeology)
  • Fitting the pieces together – the German First World War POW camp at Yatesbury – Dan Miles (Wiltshire Archaeology Field Group)
  • Healthcare in Salisbury during the First World War – Lesley Meaker (ArtCare Salisbury)
  • Purton and the Great War – Bob Lloyd
  • Unity and Loyalty – the Red Cross Hospital in Chippenham – Mel Barnett (Chippenham Museum)
  • An international war on Salisbury Plain – Richard Broadhead (Wiltshire Soldiers)
  • “Through Mud and Blood to find Green fields – tank archaeology and soldier recoveries” – Dickie Bennet (Breaking Ground Heritage), Richard Osgood (Defence Infrastructure Organisation)
  • The day will be introduced by Lieutenant Colonel JB Balls MBE Commander Tidworth, Netheravon and Bulford Garrison. Brigadier Parsons, the New Zealand Defence Adviser will introduce the afternoon session.

In addition to the Conference, there will be stands providing opportunities to talk to people representing a wide range of organisations.