Explore the archaeology of the "Friendly Invasion" Explore the archaeology of the "Friendly Invasion"

Module lead: Dr Derwin Gregory

Accreditation: 20 UCU/10 ECTS

Level: Undergraduate level 5

During the twentieth century, the British landscape was transformed by a huge variety of military constructions. Pillboxes, airfields, coastal batteries, radar sites, bombing decoys, and air defence were all built to defend the country from attack. These sites hold a rich source of information about momentous episodes in British history.

During the first half of the course, students will be introduced to the discipline and methodological approaches of modern conflict archaeology. Using these skills, students will then examine indepth the archaeology of the ‘Friendly Invasion’. Participants will study a wide range of Second World War American military facilities in the UK including airfields and sites associated with D-Day.

Field trips may include:

Visits to The Imperial War Museum Duxford, USAAF Airfield Museum and sites of commemoration.

By the end of the module students will:

  • Have an awareness of the main themes of modern conflict archaeology;
  • Appreciate different archaeological methodologies;
  • Have learnt how to search for and use academic articles;
  • Have developed several interdisciplinary and transferable skills including: critical thinking and analytical skills, the ability to read and digest academic articles, enhanced written and oral communication skills, referencing skills, group working skills.


This module will be perfect for anyone studying History or History related modules. No specific knowledge of the subject is needed however.

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