A First World War Militarised Landscape
Archaeology is not just concerned about the distant past; a fast growing area of interest is modern conﬂict archaeology.
Between 1914 and 1918, Sedgeford doubled in size with the development of a major training aerodrome in the parish. Across north-west Norfolk as a whole, an entire air-defence system was developed in response to Zeppelin bombing raids.
To the east of the parish, SHARP has been recently working on the site of a First World War aerodrome. Established in 1915, initially for home defence but then as a training airﬁeld, Sedgeford aerodrome is one of a very small number of WWI airﬁelds to have standing buildings still in place. Our excavation work, complimented by extensive desktop research and liaison with the local community, is enabling us to understand what life may have been like on the base, along with the sociological impact it may have had on the village itself. On the cusp of the First World War centenary, we will be exploring Sedgeford’s war.
To book a place as an excavation volunteer on this project, download a copy of our application form and select First World War Project in the Excavation section of the form.