A-Z Challenge - ‘E’
This Eden was no garden in which to bite an apple. From May 1942 to April 1948 Eden Camp near Malton, North Yorkshire housed Italian and German prisoners of war, 64 to a hut.
These days Eden Camp is a top visitor attraction, a museum covering the events leading up to and those during and after WWII. The 29 huts and three mess halls each hold exhibits related to a particular theme from the rise of Hitler to post war conflicts. Spitfire, hurricane and V1 rocket replicas have prominent positions outside together with a large collection of military vehicles – tanks trucks, half-tracks, Green Goddess fire engines and bren gun carriers. One of the mess halls contains a comprehensive display of human torpedoes.
The photos, exhibits, sounds and smell take you back to wartime Britain. There is so much to see and read about that you make come away punch drunk with information. The Camp brochure suggests you allow 3-4 hours for a visit. The last time I went I hadn’t had enough after 6!
Eden Camp boasts that it is the only modern history theme museum of its type in the world. No idle boast.
You can find out more at Eden Camp