CEMA opens their doors to visits on Armed Forces Day

CEMA are opening their site to the public in their first open day on Armed Forces Day on Saturday 26th June.

CEMA Centre for Experimental Military Archaeology ( is led by Andrew Robertshaw (whose impressive CV includes military advisor to Steven Spielberg), CEMA has been established to provide an educational and a filmmaking resource, and has already recreated a length of British Great War trench at its base in Detling in Kent.

The site is normally closed to the public as it is a working site used by Schools and Media companies.  Do not miss this opportunity to come and see the Great War trench system built on the site for filming.  In fact, the site has already been used for independent filming.

Drop in from 1.00pm to 5.00pm. No charge but donations welcome. Refreshments available plus parking, toilets, etc. Conducted tours of the trench will be available from 1.00pm. There will be stands from CEMA and Wessex Archaeology who will be bringing a number of British Great War items found on Salisbury Plain.

Even some refreshments on the 26th will reflect CEMA’s pan-historical research. The CEMA Beer Project (CBP) will be selling fresh pints and bottles of beer and demonstrating their plans for historically accurate brews and a Pub Crawl Through the Ages. Follow the project at

Please note, Trench visits will need appropriate footwear and sadly as the site in a wooden area, the site is not wheelchair accessible.

You can also find out about all the other projects being considered on the site.

To visit, simply come to the Kent Showground at Detling and follow the signs to the site and car park.