STOBS CAMP EXHIBITION

Hawick Archaeological Society is hosting its first in-person event since the pre-Covid days of early 2020, with a Stobs Camp ‘Show & Tell’, at Hawick Museum, on Sunday, November 28.

Through the use of museum donations and collections, preserved fieldwork finds unearthed at Stobs, and other ephemera, guest speaker Andrew Jepson – Archaeology Scotland’s Stobs Camp Project Officer – will guide visitors through the life and times of the camp and some people associated with it.

STOBS ARTEFACTS. COURTESY ANDREW JEPSON

This will be followed by a short presentation delivered by Hawick Archaeological Society’s Field Secretary Ian Lowes, using his unique, extensive and valuable postcard collection, which will further flesh out the untold stories of Britain’s best-preserved First World War internment camp.

Visitors will then have the opportunity to view these objects and postcards in the Scott Gallery and to visit the War Room downstairs to see them up close and personal.

All tickets are free but booking is essential; there will be two sessions, held from 12 noon to 1pm, and 2pm to 3pm, respectively. Tickets can be found online through Eventbrite and all visitors to the museum are asked to respect existing Covid-19 guidelines e.g. to sanitise their hands and wear a mask unless they are exempt from wearing one.

Galloway Rifles march to Stobs Camp behind pipe and brass bands. Courtesy Hawick Museum

Stobs Camp has significant historical importance with its quality of remains, intact training ground, massive archaeological potential, and as a huge educational resource. Due to its extraordinary level of preservation,the camp is an internationally important site relating to Scotland’s preparation for and subsequent handling of First World War prisoners. Within Scotland, no site exists with the mix of army training camp and prisoners of war and internees in one place, none has the surviving remains visible as at Stobs, no other camp has any standing buildings and much of the training ground including firing ranges and trenches surviving. And within the UK, no First World War prisoner of war camp has upstanding buildings remaining, no internees’ camp survives on the mainland, and no training camps survive to the same level of preservation.