“I thoroughly enjoyed my time volunteering at the Lake District Holocaust project excavation. I found the dig fascinating as it gave me the chance to study a more modern historical time-frame which I had not yet had the chance to do, as my background is primarily in ancient history.

Due to this, I was able to gain new skills and expand my archaeological knowledge, learning the process of excavating more recent archaeological contexts. Through taking part in this excavation, I was able to refresh my archaeological knowledge, enhance my existing skills and gain more experience in archaeology and heritage; a career which I am hoping to pursue in the future. 

I really enjoyed partaking in this project; my fellow volunteers, the organisers and the archaeologists, were all very friendly and helped me feel comfortable straight away. Therefore, I would like to thank the organisation for letting me volunteer on this excavation and get involved in the project. I would really encourage anyone who is interested in archaeology and the Second World War to participate in this project.”

Elise Johnson – August 2019