HQ Address

Administrative/Correspondence Address Only

The Charity Secretary

The Trench Experience
The Cottage                                                                                                                                        Cemetery Pales
Brookwood                                                                                                                                         Surrey  GU24 0BL

01483 488419/07918 050917

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Charity No. 1114807
Reg Company No. 5333226

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) Member No. MEMBERVC/15178

wilfred-owen1Wilfred Owen MC.


IN THE BEGINNING


The Trench Experience’s founder,  Edward ("Eddie") Jones, became interested in the First World War, when aged thirteen, he first heard Wilfred Owen’s poem, Dulce et Decorum Est. His interest stimulated, it developed into a passion which he has pursued throughout his career.

Eddie went on to join the Territorial Army whilst immersed in the world of antiques and auctioneering. The last fifteen years of his career were spent as a book dealer in London and the south coast.

Snow2622Charity Secretary, Edward Jones outside Hut 103

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

allthe somme 106A Moment of Reflection, WW1 Cemetery on the Somme


AND  IT CAME TO PASS


Frustrated by museums with exhibits isolated behind glass, with instructions not to touch and few staff to answer questions, Eddie developed the concept of an open-air, First World War living history museum with trenches and artifacts which could be handled by visitors.  In 2005 he founded The Trench Experience Charity. Much to his family's dismay, he started to build a trench system in the back garden!




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The Brighton “Back Garden Trench”, Sussex 2005After several years of searching for suitable premises, The Trench Experience moved its Headquarters (HQ) to Bisley Camp, the world- renowned home of target shooting and the NRA.

Set in fifty "green-belt" acres and surrounded by 2,500 acres of Ministry of Defense parkland, the camp had been requisitioned by the Army during both World Wars.  Given its history, existing facilities and elegant Edwardian and Colonial buildings, it proved to be an ideal location.

Mauser2904 Volunteers at Bisley Camp Trench , 2009






The new timber-framed HQ, dating from 1914, had been the Other Ranks' Cookhouse, Mess Hall and Stores -  Hut 103 had lain derelict and vandalized for decades.

SCOUTS7438 Edward Jones with visiting Scout Troop at Hut 103, Bisley Camp

Despite limited funding, Trench volunteers cleaned, repaired, painted and replaced hundreds of broken panes of glass and restored  life back to an historic building.