Personal stories and experiences are a key part of this project. Thanks to generous local collectors, we discovered postcards sent from soldiers in Shoreham Camp. Even closer connections were made through local families who shared the experiences of their ancestors who stayed in the Army Camp through memoirs, letters, photographs and their own memories.
Local experts helped us understand the evidence we were uncovering like Farrier Peter Ibbitson who explained that a horse shoe uncovered whilst metal-detecting on site most likely came from a First World War Artillery horse.
The Worthing College students also explored what life would have been like for new trainees at the camp. The Friends of Shoreham Fort helped them by demonstrating drills and original First World War equipment. The veterans associated with the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home as patients and volunteers then gave oral history interviews to the students revealing insights into army camps and training across the years since the First World War.