Op Nightingale – MOD/DIO Military Service Veteran support activity (Opportunities for veterans to participate in programmed archaeology).
Aware we are all busy and/or pushing through summer leave however, do you think you or your practices would have any interest in this as there are clear benefits for the right nominations? Signposting to others that may meet the criteria is encouraged and please do relay any interest to Alex Sotheran as below.
Please note – OpN welcomes any veteran whether injured or not. As you would expect, usually the physically and mentally injured participants take precedence. It seems a shame that they are laying all of this on and they cannot source veterans to attend.
Main Point of Contact:
Alex Sotheran ACIFA Archaeologist, Safety, Health, Environmental Protection and Sustainability
Defence Infrastructure Organisation
Building 18 Piave Lines | Catterick Garrison | North Yorkshire | DL9 3LR
CIV: 01748 875072
Mil: 94731 5072
From the MOD (DIO) team there are regionally based projects however, I have been made aware of the current northern projects that they have set up:
1. Otterburn Training Range: excavation on a suspected prehistoric ring cairn. This has already begun for two weeks. We have not been able to recruit vets for this one, but it is being run with Revitalising Redesdale and they are providing volunteers (not vets). It may be too close for you at this point? There is accommodation available in 5* blocks (sharing rooms) and food provided by Pay as you dine facilities (I think this will be free for the vets).
2. Barry Buddon: Excavation on First World War training trenches on the Ranges. This is programmed for the two weeks commencing 2nd September and is the third time we have worked here. Accommodation and food is provided on camp, but again we have no vets currently on the books for this.
3. Catterick Stables: Excavation on First World War stables block at Catterick Garrison. This begins 16th September for two weeks. This has media interest from Channel 5 depending on permissions to film. As before, there are currently no vets on the books, but I was possibly going to approach Help 4 Heroes. There is no accommodation planned for this and it would be up to the vets organisation to provide transport for participants or contact local vets who could make their own way to and from site