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Digging the Trenches: The Archaeology of the Western Front

Last updated: 4 February 2016

Andy Robertshaw

25 February 2016, 7.00pm

Hosted by the Army & Navy Club
36-39 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JN

As the centenaries of Verdun and the Somme approach, battlefield archaeologist and broadcaster Andy Robertshaw will speak about the results of 30 archaeological projects in France and Belgium over the past 15 years.

During this time Andy’s projects have faced many challenges, from discovering unstable munitions and charged gas cylinders, to sites being raided by illegal metal detectorists. They have also led to the identification of five of the 'missing' and allowed them to have the honoured burial they deserved.

In this talk, Andy will also touch upon the phenomenon of 'dark tourism', and the draw of First World War battlefield sites to tourists and visitors.

There will be a Q&A with the audience and Andy will be signing books following the talk.

Andy Robertshaw is a historian and broadcaster who is a regular consultant and on-screen expert for a number of TV and radio shows, including 'Time Team', 'The Trench Detectives' and 'Who Do You Think You Are?' He was also lead historical consultant for Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of 'War Horse', which he also appeared in. Andy is currently filming a new documentary on the Somme.



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29 January 2016, 4.21pm

I have written the WW1

I have written the WW1 account as it relates to father-in-law. A volunteer in the Royal West Kent Regt 11th Batt'n (Lewisham) 1915. (Family history) I used doc's detailing his wound also referred to the History of the 11th Batt'n by Capt' R.O. Russell M.C. Copies of the account held by local History & Archives Dep't, of Boro', & in St Laurence Church parish archives. Local Church has memorials to the fallen the RWK Regt. Copy held by Regt'l Museum.

John Hing
31 January 2016, 11.10pm

There does not seem to be

There does not seem to be much information about the actions other nationalities took part in as allies of the French-English armies. My main interest is the Chinese Labour Corps.

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