“It was a great privilege to be part of such a project, partly due to my deeply rooted interest in Archaeology. In fact, I have a place at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. 

But more importantly, I have a very personal connection with this project: that my great-grandmother was one of “The Boys” who were brought over to stay in hostels on the site we excavated.

 Therefore, this rare opportunity allowed me to both gain relevant experience in Archaeology, as well as truly appreciate the wonderful place that my great-grandmother recovered in after the hell that she had been through. Only a paradise like Windermere could have enabled the orphans to start their lives over, and have numerous descendants who would carry their legacy, myself being one such descendant.”

Joshua Wakefield – August 2019