28/08/2017
Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Make your own coastal defence pillbox with the Very Archaeological Cut Outs!

7895cbea-5d9e-4282-8f01-797516694f31

Explore how Scotland's was defended during World War Two by creating your own pillbox, like those which can be still seen around the country's coastline.

Matt Ritchie, archaeologist at Forestry Commission Scotland, has created the pillbox as part of his Very Archaeological Cut Outs series. Pillboxes were small gun stations which formed an important part of the coastal and inland defenses, protecting important military targets such as airfields. These small concrete structures were built for soldiers to stand in and open fire on the enemy at close range.

Moray's coastal defences ran between Cullen Bay and Findhorn Bay, through what is now Lossie and Roseisle Forests. Within the forest at Lossie, evidence exists which shows that a variety of defences were constructed, including:

  • concrete foundations of a military camp
  • the ruins of a Coastal Battery
  • concrete anti-tank blocks which would have run the full length of the defences

Prefer a PDF? Download from the Forestry Commission Scotland website. All images copyright Forestry Commission Scotland, by AOC Archaeology.

Back to "Scottish maps and resources" Category

28/08/2017 Share this story   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

Scottish poet William Miller died - On this day in history

Scottish poet William Miller died on 20 August 1872.


Scottish engineer James Nasmyth was born - On this day in history

Scottish engineer James Nasmyth was born on 19 August 1808.


Beggars' badges in Scotland

Jonny Keen provides an introduction to the use of beggars' badges in Scotland, exploring their distribution ...


Arthur Elphinstone was executed - On this day in history

Arthur Elphinstone, Lord Balmerino, was executed on 18 August 1746.


Other Articles

The Battle of Verneuil was fought - On this day in history

The Battle of Verneuil was fought on 17 August 1424.


Carolina Nairne was born - On this day in history

Lady Carolina Nairne was born on 16 August 1766.


Sir Walter Scott was born - On this day in history

Scottish author, playwright and poet Sir Walter Scott was born on 15 August 1771. Find out more on our pages ...


Investigations cast doubt on the origin of the Haddo Madonna

Specialist advisors supporting National Trust for Scotland have cast doubt on claims that a painting held in ...