SMHS Projects

Sussex Military History Society has undertaken a number of heritage projects in recent years - if you would like to be involved in future projects, then joining SMHS will give you the chance!

Although the projects below are all World War Two, we cover all periods!


Cuckmere Haven

Cuckmere Haven

23 Oct 2015

SMHS was invited to undertake some excavations of World War Two features at Cuckmere Haven. As it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in the South Downs National Park, such opportunities are few and far between, so we jumped at the chance!

Liaison between ourselves, the County Archaeologists, County Ecologist and Natural England was required in order to secure consent to excavate and we would like to thank them all for their time and support. More...


Storrington Air Raid Shelter

Storrington Air Raid Shelter

22 Aug 2014

In May 2014 SMHS were contacted by a national newspaper about a remarkable story from a homeowner in Storrington. He had been digging out an old ornamental pond in his back garden when his spade suddenly disappeared into a void. Further excavation revealed an underground air raid shelter!

At the invitation of the owner, SMHS undertook a one-day survey and minor excavation of the structure in August. More...

Battle Nodal Point

Battle Nodal Point

22 Feb 2014

As a nodal point, the town of Battle was fortified in 1940 to make it tank-proof. The defences included a perimeter of anti-tank dragon's teeth as well as roadblocks and defence posts.

In 2013, SMHS were contacted by a landowner who had found some rubble in his garden and was wondering if it was the remains of a pillbox. He also mentioned that he had a line of dragon's teeth running through his garden, and would we like to have a look? More...


Withyham Project

Withyham Project

20 Aug 2013

In June 2013, Withyham Parish Council approached Sussex Military History Society regarding the wartime pillboxes within their parish boundary.

Part of the GHQ Stop Line network passes through the Parish, and an estimated 60 or so pillboxes were constructed within the area in 1940. More...


Cripp's Corner Project

Cripp's Corner Project

29 Sep 2012

The owners of the Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard contacted SMHS asking for some information about the line of World War Two concrete anti-tank blocks (dragons' teeth) that pass through their land.

An initial assessment identified three distinct groups of blocks; two were obscured by thick vegetation and so permission was given to clear them with a view to creating an interpretation panel to satisfy visitors' curiosity as to their purpose. More...


Newhaven Battery Plotting Room

Newhaven Battery Plotting Room

28 Jan 2012

SMHS sought permission to clear vegetation from around the Battery Plotting Room to the west of Newhaven Fort.

The fort's role as a coast artillery battery is well known; less well known are the remains of a three-gun battery situated to the west of the fort, constructed 1941-43. More...

Warningcamp Auxiliary Unit

Warningcamp Auxiliary Unit

26 Mar 2011

In 2011, SMHS was offered a very rare opportunity to conduct an excavation of a 1940 Auxiliary Unit Operational Base (OB) at Warningcamp in Sussex.

The Auxiliary Units were a highly-secret branch of the Home Guard, formed as a resistance organisation. Members were hand-picked and selected on account of their expert local knowledge and reliability in maintaining the strictest secrecy about their activity. More...

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Wednesday 19 Jul 2017

'Show and Tell' Members Evening

7.30pm for 8.00pm start
Function Room of the
Royal Oak Public House,
Station Street, Lewes,
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