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Reigate Fort needs you to help reveal the history and tell the story of it’s fascinating past

Reigate-Fort503023_38_previewSurrey’s wartime history is about to undergo in-depth exploration with Archaeologists and Volunteers aiming to shed light on a part of Surrey’s history that has been little explored.

Surrey County Council’s Archaeological Unit (SCAU) will be working over the next two years as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project to uncover the secrets of Reigate Fort. The project, which is the first of its kind, is a great opportunity for those with an interest in military history and archaeology to join in and SCAU are looking for participants to help with lots of exciting roles.

Working alongside the National Trust, the Gatton Trust and the Surrey Hills Board, the wider project, called Frontline Surrey Hills, has received £50,000 of funding and is looking to recruit volunteers to help with a range of archaeological work. No experience is necessary to take part in the project and there is a range of roles and opportunities open to everyone.

SCAU are looking for participants to carry out surveys of WWII military structures within the vicinity of the fort.  Initially, the site’s observation post will be archaeologically surveyed and excavated and, as part of the continuing project, local communities and participants will be able to help debate and draft a plan for the future use and conservation of the structures.

Nigel Randall, Archaeologist with SCAU, says “there’s a lot still to learn about Reigate Fort – both above and below ground and this project is an exciting one which we hope many people will want to be involved in. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t got any prior experience; all that’s required is just a willingness to join in. Who knows what we’ll discover?”

For more information about the project and volunteering on it, please email Paul Bowen of Surrey County Council at paul.bowen@surreycc.gov.uk  or call 01483 519422.