Saturday & Sunday,
- 5 October 2014
Visitors should park in the Innovation Science Park (opposite the Heronston Hotel
- see location on Google Maps here)
and walk from there to and along the A48. There will be a sign at the start of the
short path off the A48 that will get you to the Hut 9 compound;
it is a 5
We recommend wearing
appropriate footwear, since during or straight after wet weather
the path to the Hut 9 compound could be part muddy.
safety, please do not attempt to stop or park your car on the busy
and fast traffic A48 road.
Our Event's Photo Albums
are here for
of the Hut 9 rooms were restored in an attempt to try and recreate how they
would have looked during 1940-1948 and members of the Hut 9
Preservation Group and WW2 re-enactors will be telling the fascinating
stories of the 4 time-frames of Island Farm:
1940-1944 - Billet
for the Royal Ordnance Factory workers.
1943-1944 - American
billet for the 109 Field Artillery (28th Infantry Division).
1944-1945 - German
POW, Island Farm Camp 198.
1945-1948 - High
Ranking German Officer Camp, Island Farm Special Camp XI.
Here is the map showing the Hut 9 rooms and their contents
to hear and see during your visit
Outside Hut 9, there
will be WW2 re-enactors with all their "kit" and and their vehicles
Brett Exton will give a
very interesting talk on the complete history of Island Farm.
Richard Williams will
complement Brett's talk and guide you inside Hut 9.
A number of the famous Island Farm
wall drawings/ paintings will be on display inside several rooms/
dormitories. Each picture gives a unique insight into the thoughts of a German POW,
depicting their home, loved ones or quotes in German.
Numerous volunteer re-enactors
brought the place to life, dressed as former German PoWs, British Home
Guards, American soldiers and Royal Ordnance Factory girls. They will be occupying several rooms/ dormitories with their full
uniforms, equipment and brick-a-brac on display. Such equipment would have been used back in the day!
(Preservation Group Member and re-enactor) will be talking about the
escape; how the tunnel was made and all about the prisoners' preparation
prior to the escape.
Do not miss our Oral
History gazebo, where you can be interviewed by Stel Anthony who shall
record audio/ video your experiences or
stories about Island Farm, Hut 9, the PoW escape and
Bridgend at War in general.
Finally, a member of the Hut 9
Preservation Group will guide you around Hut 9 and talk about the escape and the famous
Welsh Great Escape Tunnel
that is preserved in tact after
all these years.
This is a FREE for ALL event, so
no entry fee!
However, as always your kind
will be much appreciated. Without
your generous donations, our voluntary
work and effort to preserve Hut 9 and its history will be near impossible!
you all for your support
Hut 9 Preservation Team
To get a taste of things to
come, please visit a
webpage on Hut 9 and a
from our September 2012 Open Doors Event