Reigate Fort, sitting proudly on top of Reigate Hill will be the focus of archaeological scrutiny over the next few weeks. Local youngsters from various schools will take part in archaeological recording at the fort to help determine what happened on the site during the Second World War. Working in conjunction with the Gatton Trust, Surrey County Archaeology Unit and the National Trust, three sessions of recording work are scheduled to take place: 17 and 19 June and 11 July. In addition, Second World War expert, Tim Richardson will take young recruits through their paces on the fort’s parade ground.
The Gatton Trust’s Education Manager, Louise Miller says “this piece of work, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is a great opportunity for us to share the history of the local area with youngsters who visit and play here. It’s important that they know what happened during the Second World War and with such experts on hand, we hope to be able to inspire them to discover more about that part of history”. As part of the education days, Louise will be taking youngsters to the site where a US Flying Fortress Bomber crashed on the hill, with the loss of all nine lives onboard.
Reigate Fort is looked after now by the National Trust. Its ramparts are open daily but access into the fort’s buildings is restricted. There are wonderful views of Reigate, the Weald and the South Downs from Reigate Fort. Close by is Colley Hill, an excellent site for dog walks.
For further press information please contact:
Louise Miller, Education@gatton-park.org.uk