Excavations at Buckler's Hard Beaulieu

Saturday 14th July until Sunday 22nd of July

The New Forest National Park Authority and Wessex Archaeology have teamed up for a week-long excavation at Buckler’s Hard. It is hoped that the dig will establish the extent of activity there during World War II. Aerial photography shows that Buckler’s Hard was used extensively during this period and several Nissan huts were sited there.

Spaces on the excavation are limited but visitors to Buckler’s Hard can speak to the experts, see finds being processed and learn how trees were used in 18th century shipbuilding.

The excavation activities will run daily from 10am – 4pm, with refreshments available to purchase from the Captain’s Cabin Tearooms and the Yachtsman’s Bar at the Master Builder’s House Hotel.

Admission to Buckler’s Hard includes entry to the Maritime Museum, which tells the story of Buckler’s Hard from its early beginnings as a failed sugar port, through its heyday as an 18th century shipbuilding centre, to its role during the war years. For more information visit www.bucklershard.co.uk.

Contact details and costs on the New Forest National park website, click here.