A lesser mentioned chapter of World War II history
ou don’t often hear about British Prisoner Of War (POW) camps, but they did exist – and this place was one of them.
Back in World War II, the 33 huts here were created to house Italian and German prisoners captured during battle in Africa and Europe.
Nowadays, though, the huts are home to a vast collection of uniforms, U-Boat interiors, bombsite reconstructions and other fascinating exhibits. As you’d expect with it being a former camp, the huts are laid out in neat rows, so you can walk through the war years and get a handle on how it all developed.
More importantly, though, it gives you a graphic idea of what it was like to live through the conflict for the people lucky enough to survive. One of the huts even displays newspaper front pages from every day of the war – showing you the headlines as they appeared.
There’s enough to keep you coming back here for years, and for youngsters, it’s a lot more exciting than wading through a history book…