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Sherwood Forest in World War II

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for "Engaging people in the heritage, history & archaeology of Sherwood Forest".


Young Archaeology Club Sherwood Forest Trust Magna Carta Sherwood Forest

Some funders and partners:

World-wide Robin Hood Society

Robin Hood Society Feather in Your Cap Award 2016 Heritage Lottery Fund Archaeology Thynghowe Vikings Sherwood Forest Discover King John's Palace free excavation Robin Hood Town Tours

During the Second World War large tracts of Sherwood Forest were requisition by the military to act as  military ammunition stores, camps, prisoner of war camps, displaced persons camps, and training areas.

This project works with partner organisations and experts to examine the infrastructures that can be gleaned from historic documents, aerial photographs and personal memories, it utilises the latest technologies of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Survey to look for the potential remains of earthworks, buildings, and infrastructure from World War II

The project is already in its early pilot stage, with ground-truthing of archaeological remains underway in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, Thoresby Estate, and various locations around the forest, to record and identify remains on the ground, and to determine the usefulness of LiDAR data and aerial photography for ground survey.

It is hoped that this project can begin to piece together the military infrastructure, and investigate where there are archaeological remains that survive from this very important episode in the history of Sherwood Forest.

The project is the first attempt using modern computer modelling and mapping techniques, to map the military landscape and its archaeology. Some work has been undertaken at sites across the region, but this is the first overarching attempt to record for the whole Sherwood Forest area.

The Project is seeking funding to expand operations across the Forest in 2019.



Some results include:













Recording a military pit in Birklands Wood in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve. © Mercian Archaeological services CIC.













Picture: Prison Camp Hut Base in Carburton Camp.  © Mercian Archaeological services CIC. Recoreded during the BOHIS HLF project 2018.
















Recording a possible military pit on Budby South Forest, in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve. © Mercian Archaeological services CIC.














Picture: Military tank tracks, preserved on Thoresby Estate, recorded 2018. © Mercian Archaeological services CIC.














Picture: Military tank tracks, preserved on Thoresby Estate, recorded 2018. © Mercian Archaeological services CIC.



















Picture: Hut platforms and remains of Carburton Prisoner of War Camp. Surveyed in 2018. LiDAR Composite DTM - 1m data hillshade image created in GIS. Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.















Recording a possible military hut base in Birklands Wood in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve. © Mercian Archaeological services CIC.














Recording a military pit in Birklands Wood in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve. © Mercian Archaeological services CIC.













Recording a military crater on Budby South Forest, in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve. © Mercian Archaeological services CIC.









Picture: Remains of two military pits recorded in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Archaeology Survey, using EDM Totoal Station. Presented as hillshaded Digital Terrain Models. © Mercian Archaeological services CIC.








Picture: 3D rendering of the remains of two military pits recorded in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Archaeology Survey, using EDM Totoal Station. Presented as hillshaded 3D Digital Terrain Models. © Mercian Archaeological services CIC.

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About the Project

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 Working with Specialists

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The Sherwood Forest
National Nature Reserve Archaeology Survey

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Long term Research at 
King John’s Palace:
Ancient Royal Heart of Sherwood Forest

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The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Training Fieldschool

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“Scirwuda- Mapping the Greenwood”: Place-names,
Ghost and Shadow woods of Sherwood Forest Project

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Investigating Thynghowe Viking
Meeting Site

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Searching for the 
The Battle of Hatfield

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Edwinstowe Church Survey

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 Fieldswork at St Edwin’s Chapel

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St Mary’s Norton- Cuckney Church Survey

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 Mapping Medieval Sherwood Forest

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The Sherwood Forest LiDAR
Project

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The Sherwood Villages Project:
Settlement Development in the Forest

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Sherwood Heath Survey

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 Clipstone Village Dig

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Researching Edward IIs fortification at Clipstone Peel

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Ransom Wood Survey

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Thoresby Estate Survey

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 Robin Hood’s Village Dig

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The Cistercians of Rufford Project:
Settlement Development, Dynamics and Desertion.

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Sherwood Forest Environmental Survey

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World War II in Sherwood Forest - Mapping the camps, munitions and more

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World War I in Sherwood Forest - Mapping the camps, munitions and more

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About Medieval Sherwood Forest

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Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest

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 Outlaws & Villains

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 Historical Research

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 Stories from the Forest

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Book Reviews

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 Bibliography

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 Funding the Project

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 Robin Hood Challenges

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Outreach Bus Tours

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