September 29th, 2016

Researching the First World War buildings in the Lickey Hills and who they were used by

Researching the First World War buildings in the Lickey Hills and who they were used by Researching the First World War buildings in the Lickey Hills and who they were used by
Updated: 11:44 am, Jul 11, 2016

A PROJECT has been launched to research the buildings on Bilberry Hill in the Lickey Hills which date back to the First World War.

The buildings form an unusual and possibly unique surviving collection and the aim of the scheme is to record the buildings, find out more about how they were used and by who.

Among the buildings are two large concrete gun testing butts, a munitions bunker in the old wood yard on Warren Lane and a toilet block and two mess rooms near the visitor centre.

Volunteer groups led by the Lickey Hills Rangers have dug out tonnes of soil that had hidden the munitions bunker.

A variety of archive collections will also be examined to find out more about the type of work undertaken on the site during The Great War and the military units that were involved.

The work will be carried out by volunteers from the local community and training will be offered in the various researching and recording tasks.

As well as physically recording the buildings for posterity, it will also help people better understand the heritage on their doorstep.

Those working on the project have met with the representatives from the Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service which is supporting the scheme.

And there are plans to bid for Heritage Lottery Funding to support future work.

Jill Harvey from the project said: “The country park has hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, and most of us have walked past the buildings without a second glance, not realising their history – including me.

“Now they are nearly 100 years old, perhaps it’s time we looked at them properly and realised their uniqueness.”

Anyone wanting to find out more about the project or getting involved with it should e-mail Jill at info@lhhs.org.uk or call her on 0121 453 5838.

Residents who have any memories or stories which have been passed down or photographs should also get in touch.

An open weekend is also being planned at the Lickey Hills Visitor Centre from 11am to 4pm on September 17 and 18.

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