Cumnock History Group

Cumnock History Group has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant, it was announced today. This exciting project, Pennylands Camp 22 on the Dumfries House Estate and led by Cumnock History Group, has been given £10,000 to explore the history of this WWII POW Camp.

Archaeologists have uncovered much of the physical layout and uses of the camp and unearthed intriguing personal finds such as badge moulds, toys, bottles and military insignia. We will build upon this work through oral history, desk and archival-based research, and an archaeological survey of the remains of a camp hut. 

Oral history research will capture the memories of people who lived in or near the camp during its occupancy and who were themselves, or remember, its inhabitants. Given the passage of time, there is now a great urgency to record and preserve their memories before their knowledge and unique experiences are lost. 

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