Airfield Archaeology: Lets get recording!

The first two weekends in February saw twenty-five people take part in the return of our popular free courses about the archaeology of airfields and building recording techniques. 

These  day-long courses took place at the Martlesham Heath Control Tower MuseumMartlesham Heath Airfield on Sunday 1st February 2015

And at Gt. Waldingfield Village Hall, Sudbury Airfield on Saturday 7th February 2015

The morning’s of each day were  spent learning how to conduct a building survey, followed by afternoon sessions where our participants got to test their new recording skills and explore airfield buildings nearby.

Our intrepid archaeologists at Martlesham got to see the remnants of a secret bunker known as the Battle Headquarters and our participants at Sudbury, all from the Stour Valley Community Archaeology group, were able to look closely at some of the surviving buildings close to the airfield itself.

The volunteers were then given the opportunity to discuss their findings and ask any questions they might have about filling in the forms,  or how this information is then transferred to the public-access County Council Historic Environment Record.

These volunteers are now using the forms to record airfield buildings local to them in the hope that we will be able to get a better idea of how many survive and their current condition.

A huge thank you to the staff at the Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum and the landowners at Sudbury Airfield as we couldn’t have delivered the events without the invaluable assistance of these people.

If you would like to keep in touch about future events, or if you, or your museum, would like to host an event, then please drop us a line.