Project Description

Home Front Legacy was a UK wide project, run by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) and prinicipally funded by Historic England, which helped local communities record the remains of the First World War in their local area. Inspiration for the project came in part from the CBA’s Defence of Britain project ( which ran from 1995-2001 recording the militarised landscape of the UK and identifying a significant number of First World War remains. Building on this, the Home Front Legacy project aimed to record not only the military remains but also the broad variety of other sites associated with the period such as public spaces, allotments and village halls that were utilised to support the war effort. Running over the course of the First World War centenary, the project encouraged individuals and groups of all ages and backgrounds to get involved and by the close of the project 5,660 sites across the UK had been recorded. A suite of learning resources for young people were also produced including a range of session plans and activities. The resources can be accessed via the Young Archaeologists' Website. The Council for British Archaeology is an educational charity working throughout the UK to champion public participation in archaeology.
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Organised by

Council for British Archaeology


Yorkshire & The Humber




Focus and Research

Resources used for research

Participants were encouraged to use a wide range of resources to research Home Front sites including Historic Environment Records, libraries, site visits, museums and heritage sites and newspaper archives. The project also produced a practical handbook introducing the range of Home Front sites and methods of recording. The Home Front in Britain 1914-18: An Archaeological Handbook was published by the Council for British Archaeology in 2015 and is edited by Catrina Appleby, Wayne Cocroft, John Schofield.

Project Evaluation