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!
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
For just £10 per year, you can join SMHS and be involved in our projects!
Wednesday 19 Jul 2017
7.30pm for 8.00pm start
Function Room of the
Royal Oak Public House,
Station Street, Lewes,
SMHS meeting: Show and Tell
21 Dec 2016
Mid Sussex RED launch event
11 Nov 2016
SMHS meeting: Hellfire Corner
19 Oct 2016
SMHS meeting: "1066 and all that"
21 Sep 2016
SMHS meeting: Operation Pedestal
17 Aug 2016
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