Listen to the history of a WWII site in the Falkland Islands.
The 11th Battalion of the West Yorks was posted in 1942 to protect the Islands from attack by the Japanese. In 1944 the garrison was replaced by the Royal Scots. The men were housed in Nissen huts that were built on almost every available open space in Stanley.
One of these former sites, Bennett's Paddock, was given planning permission to turn into a residential area. The Museum and National Trust took the opportunity to arrange archaeological examinations before construction work began. Working with two archaeologists from Cambridge University, areas of Bennett's Paddock to the west of Stanley were excavated. This site was also used by the Argentine military in the 1982 conflict. During the excavation, Tim and Mark found items used by the military from both time periods.
This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on March 20, 2020