World War II
Dilton Marsh was the focus of a project, the aim of which was to collate memories and research the heritage of the village during WW2 . The project examined rural and family life, home front and home guard as well as the effect war had on the village school. It also looked at the history of the American GI’,s who were stationed locally which included African American troops, who were in segregated units. The group made audio recordings of people in the village who had memories of that time.
Castle Cary Castle
A geophysical survey involving community volunteers, revealed massive masonry structures within an inner bailey. The outer bailey appeared to contain a rectangular structure contained within a curtain wall, which did not correspond to the standing earthen ramparts.
This feature had an overall ground plan with strong similarities to the contemporary stone keep/fortified hall at Castle Rising in Norfolk. Like Castle Cary, Castle Rising is set within massive earthworks defining an inner and outer bailey .
The brief for Trowbridge castle, was to create a heritage interactive that showed how the Norman castle may have looked. Any archaeology is now buried beneath the present day shopping centre, so we helped to create a filmed documentary, explaining the layout of the castle, and the development of the early town.