We want to
"Preserve" the iconic Hut 9
building and its special Escape Tunnel & "Educate" generations to
come of our local history, Hut 9, the Island Farm Camp and all the
dramatic events that took place in Bridgend during the devastating World War Two era.
also bigger plans for the building and the area surrounding it. We are at
the moment seeking professional advise and in the process of receiving
quotations for its restoration and development (further area expansion)
for all ages to enjoy. Without restoration work the building will
decay through lack of investment and use, and the area will lose an important
work during Events we organise is done by volunteers. All Hut 9 Preservation Group
members, living historians,
re-enactors and all helpers on the day are volunteers. Our reward is
purely the success of every event and the fact that you, the public, enjoys the
experience. We can see your generous donations and the complimentary and
encouraging comments and feedback you provide. THANK YOU.
all above we need help, your help...
We are currently in the process of
applying for NLF funding, but such major funding will take time
to be realised.
To keep Hut 9 open to the public right now, we desperately need
public donations in cash (see our Bank details here)
or in any items we need and you might have (see a
list of items we require here).
Judging from our Hut 9 events so far, your donations have been overwhelmingly
the list of our Hut 9 Sponsors
Where do your donations go?
Here we go then...
In preparation for our next
SPECIAL 70 YEARS COMMEMORATION EVENT in March 2015 we are improving the
rooms with more period representative furniture. All lighting is now
replaced by long life, high efficiency and low power LED lamps. The rooms
are as bright as before (if not brighter) and our lighting power requirement
has been reduced from 1500W to 210W, which can now be supported easily by
our own 800W petrol generator. We are planning some other new and
interesting things for March 2015, but best to keep them as surprises...
Your donations from the March
Event helped us purchase items for our 4/5 Oct 2014 Event, starting with all
the furniture material in the Hut 9 rooms. They were all made skilfully by
Wayne (recent Preservation Group member). Thanks Wayne, great work. We
bought the bunk-bed mattresses and their blankets, two gazebos and an 800W
petrol generator as a back up. We replaced some of the Hut 9 lights with LED
lamps to reduce the load on the Generator. We hope to replace all with LED
lamps for our special 70 years escape anniversary in March 2015 using your
kind donations from our October 2014 Open Weekend. We borrowed once more
from Phil his large generator. Much appreciated Phil. We had two large Hut 9
banners made and purchased numerous other small but useful items for our
Events. BCBC has also helped in numerous ways to make this event happen, so
thank you BCBC. We are getting there...
September 2013 & March 2014
We borrowed a generator and we paid for its petrol using your
donations from our first ever Event in 2013. With
your donations we are planning to purchase a new diesel generator for
our next Event. We
borrowed a laptop and projector to show the Country File program
made for the iconic Hut 9 and its so unique Escape Tunnel. We had
to build our own lighting and PA system using parts we purchased using
your donations and materials donated by local companies or individuals. We
used your donations to make a number of large presentation posters with
large clear text and images that
Brett now uses to tell the Island Farm story. A heavy duty poster
flip-chart and a wireless
microphone will help Brett enhance the experience of his presentation.
our Oral History recordings we borrowed an audio recorder from Jonathan's
school and one from the Reach team, BCBC . With your donations we have now
purchased our own. We even borrowed a wheel barrow to help us move the
equipment. Thanks again to your donations, we have now purchased our own,
along with other equipment we use at our exhibitions...
Thank you ALL, not forgetting
those who donate their time and effort to be there, our Hut 9 Friends and
Visitors, our Living Historians and the members of this Preservation
Group... We are all here to Preserve Hut 9, the IF and ROF history, views and
memories and Educate future generations of our important local history...
Hut 9 Preservation Group