We held a number of History Walks around US 8th Army Air Force sites during the course of the project. ‘Our Walks through History’ A how-to guide to leading successful heritage walks can be downloaded here Walks Through History- A how to guide..
Our History Walks
The Eighth in the Easts history walks were designed to cater for all. Our walks gave a history of the site, took in surviving WW2 structures explaining their function, pointed out the older historical sites in the area, explained the landscape changes due to the sites construction and include social stories of the interactions between the Brits and the Yanks. The best part was being outside in the fresh air.
How to organise your own walk
We held our history walks on public footpaths, some of the surviving WW2 archaeology however is on private land so we made sure we always had permission to access these sites well in advance. Have a look at the Ordnance Survey Maps to find out where the public footpaths are located. You can now view all of the Ordnance Survey mapping, of the UK, online for free.
I then compared modern aerial photographic imagery, normally on Google Earth, with the 1940s Air Ministry Site Plans, to identify what WW2 structures still survive. You can find out from the key on the 1940s site plans what the function of the buildings were during war time.
My next step was to see what other historic sites we may come across on our walk. For information on Prehistoric, Roman and Medieval sites have a look on the Heritage Gateway website.
When out walking there’s three important things to remember:
We have worked together with SHARE Museums East to put together a new resource to help you plan your own walks. Why not view and download a copy?