Peeblesshire Archaeological Society

November 16, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Community Centre
Walker's Haugh
Peebles EH45 8AU

On Thursday 16th November Andrew Jepson (Archaeology Scotland) will give an illustrated talk on ‘Stobs Camp: Past, Present and Future’ about the work that has been going on as part of a three and a half year project to explore and commemorate this internationally important military site in the Borders. As usual, meetings start at 7.30pm and will be held in the Community Centre, Walkershaugh, Peebles – and as ever, new members will be very welcome.

Meeting held in Walkershaugh Community Centre Peebles. Guests/non-members welcome (charge of £4).

Over the winter months, the Archaeological Society hosts a varied programme of high-quality talks by invited guest speakers. This year, our syllabus includes several ‘hot off the press’ accounts of recent excavations on prehistoric sites in Scotland: for example, we will be one of the first local groups in Scotland to hear about significant Bronze Age finds at Carnoustie in Angus, currently being filmed for a television programme!

However it is an old truism that ‘archaeology begins yesterday’, and at our November meeting, we will be transported back to the more recent past when we look forward to welcoming Andrew Jepson from Archaeology Scotland to tell us the fascinating story of Stobs Military Camp near Hawick.

At various times, from the early 20th century onwards, Stobs was used for army training, as an internment camp and to house prisoners of war. Today, it is a site of major archaeological and historical importance owing to the quality of the surviving remains. Within Scotland, no other site exists where this variety of roles is represented in one place and none has the quality of surviving remains visible, ranging from standing buildings to the well-preserved training ground with its firing ranges and trenches. In particular, as we continue to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, Stobs is recognised as an internationally important site relating to Scotland’s preparation for the war and subsequent handling of prisoners during that conflict.

Andrew Jepson is the Stobs Camp Project Officer for Archaeology Scotland, and in his talk he will describe the story of the site and the current multi-stranded project being carried out with the aim of promoting understanding and greater awareness of the site. After setting the scene, Andrew will outline the results so far, ranging from fieldwork to desk-based activities such as genealogical research and oral history recording, before concluding with an outline of what is in store for 2018 – the centenary of Armistice – and beyond.

A trained historian, Andrew began volunteering in archaeology in 2011, building up a special interest and expertise in community-based archaeology. In recent years, as part of an educational project focusing on the Jacobites, he managed community archaeological digs in Stirling and Dunblane for over 300 schoolchildren! Here in the Borders, he has assisted with the organisation of the Borders Heritage Festival and has worked with Scottish Borders Museums, particularly on the Gallipoli and Celts exhibitions held at Old Gala House in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Andrew’s passion is to promote the history, heritage and archaeology of the Scottish Borders – a commitment which the Archaeological Society is more than happy to share!


Trevor Cowie

Chairman, Peeblesshire Archaeological Society