Posted: 18 March 2008 20:46

I spent today with a TV crew who were filming a new series; unfortunately I can't yet tell you what or where, other than it was at an anti-invasion site somewhere in southern England.

The only thing I can say is that a pillbox was situated a short distance away; I've checked the Defence of Britain Project database, and this particular Type 22 is seemingly not listed at the grid reference I estimate it's at. As this was not as interesting as the main site, I didn't make time to investigate it up close.

I was drafted in as an historical expert, and spent about half an hour being interviewed inside part of the main structure on the site.

Unfortunately, a battery failure meant that artifical lighting was reduced. This made it hard for me to move around the room explaining different features; my usual style is to bounce off the walls with the sort of enthusiasm of Peter Snow with his election night 'swingometer'. The interviewer and I were therefore static, making it hard to really describe features properly without wildly gesticulating and getting itchy feet.

There's not much else I can say until the programme is broadcast; as usual, there's no guarantee that my piece will make the final edit, but you never know...

- Pete



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Defence of Britain Project

A large project run by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) 1995-2002, collecting data on 20th century military structures submitted by a team of some 600 volunteers. The result was a database of nearly 20,000 records which is available online. The anti-invasion section of the database contains nearly 500 entries for East Sussex.


Generic term for a hardened field defensive structure usually constructed from concrete and/or masonry. Pillboxes were built in numerous types and variants depending on location and role.

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