Isle of Man News - POSTED Wed 09-07-2014

Wartime camp to open to public

by Joanne Clague

Wartime camp to open to public - picture

Primary school pupils will get a lesson in World War One internee camps this week, ahead of a public open day on Sunday.

Archaeologists are uncovering evidence about the camp at Knockaloe Farm in Patrick, including its structure and layout and information about internees and camp guards. It's hoped the trial excavation, part of a Europe-wide archaeology movement aimed at better understanding aspects of WW1, will be the start of a longer project.

School groups will spend time learning about the camp and will then get the opportunity to do their own investigating, sifting soil and creating art based around the camp's history.

The public will be able to view the site on Sunday (July 13) from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. Pictured is a steel engraving made by one of the Knockaloe Farm internees, courtesy of the Leece Museum.

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