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WW2, Quorn Camp, off Wood Lane – TV Programme!

On Wednesday and Thursday, 28th and 29th June 2017, the cameras rolled into Quorn to film a TV programme about the WW2 camp which was based on the Farnham estate, off Wood Lane. The camp was first used by the American Paratroopers, 82nd Airborne Division, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in 1944, and afterwards became a POW camp for German and Italian prisoners of war.

A team of more than twenty metal detectorists descended on the site, together with two archaeologists, and a huge area was covered. It was a brilliant and fascinating couple of days, even though the weather was atrocious with teeming rain and finger numbing temperatures – the worst two days in June!

The programme consists not only of the archaeological investigation of the site, but also an examination of the kit used by the paratroopers, and an interview with Noel Wakelin from Mountsorrel, who was 13 at the time, and recalls escapades with his pals as they raided the camp’s ‘dump’! Although it is serious programme, there is a lightness of touch and humour with Suggs from Madness sharing the narration.

The museum team are not allowed to share details of the finds until after the programme has been aired! Watch this space!

The programme will be screened on the History Channel (sadly not on Freeview), in September or October. Check back here or the museum’s Facebook page for updates.

Click the PDF for an album of photographs from the two days:

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 Submitted on: 2017-07-11
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 1986

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