Over the past six weeks I have been rather busy filming series 2 of ‘WW2 Treasure Hunters’. I can’t wait for everyone to see this new series as we have uncovered some incredible stuff and told some unbelievable stories! You are going to love it!
Anyway, the filming has meant I have had very little time to do anything else, so I’m afraid I have neglected this blog somewhat.
Because all the digs I’ve been on are for the TV show, I’m afraid I can’t post the results of any of them on here, not until the shows have aired. So, I thought I’d post about one site that was featured in series 1.
‘The Bomb Factory’ episode concentrated on the RAOC depot at Garendon Park. We had a lot of finds during the filming, but nothing compared to what I have personally recovered over a number of visits to the site. This isn’t about just turning up and picking a spot. The finds are concentrated in very specific areas, so you have to know where to look. However, once you find the hotspots, the finds keep coming and coming.
The site was used as an ordnance storage depot during the war, then converted to an ordnance disposal depot afterwards. Thousands of tons of ordnance went through the gates, with quite a bit of it being disposed of on site. The location of the dump pit, (where unstable ordnance was blown up), is made all the more obvious once you hit on the right spot. One particular portion of one field is rammed with the remains of these explosive disposals.
Other areas hold small arms ammunition and other items such as safety fuzes and personal items.
I thought for this blog I would concentrate on the ordnance items recovered over 6 visits to the site.
An incredible site with an equally incredible story, and one I was pleased to tell in series one of WW2 Treasure Hunters. Series 2 is going to blow you away!