Digital Archive

Since Eden Camp opened to the public as a museum in 1987, our visitors have been donating items to our archive which has continued to grow into a collection of national historical importance. In order to make this valuable resource open to the public and thanks to funding from the government’s #hereforculture Cultural Recovery Fund, we have begun the long process of making it available online. We’ve started with documents relating to the museum’s time as a prisoner of war camp but we’re adding new material every week on a wide variety of topics, so keep checking back for more.

Popular Objects

Air Ministry label & Copy - "Live pigeons not for liberation" - for attachment to pigeon basket; 3811
W.L.A. greatcoat (brown) - with W.L.A. arm band & W.L.A. metal badge - Women's Land Army - 1945; 1/01/1945; 23904
R.A.F. officer's dress tunic & trousers (blue) - Squadron Leader Farren - Queen's buttons - medal ribbons (6) - observer's brevet; 24787
R.A.F. battledress blouson (blue) - 1945 - no insignia; 1/01/1945; 25426
Gents wool, three piece blue pin striped suit from Burton.; 70132
1 Ladies burgundy polyester day dress. possibly Early 1960's; 70134
Uniform - trousers & jacket of capt a C Coulter REME; 71146
Army uniform - jacket & trousers. Royal Engineers. Captain insignia. medal ribbon. ubique collar badges. Captain Lance.; 71819
Ladies blue lace evening gown. Poor condition; 73423
2 Ladies cream cotton nightgowns; 73424
Raf great coat, jacket & blouson jacket.; 73425
Ladies coat. Oatmeal colour. Needene trimline; 73427
Oddball costume - leather jacket, vest & trousers; 74230
1948 Rose coloured crepe bridesmaid dress. Worn by donator's mother; 74801
1948 Ivory jacquard satin wedding dress & underslip. Worn by donator's aunt; 74800
1955 Fur coat. Beaver lamb fur (sheepskin processed to resemble beaver or seal fur); 74803
Nurses cape, blue wool with red lining, JH Bounds, t/a stethos, 1940s; 74898
Royal Navy officers windproof jacket zipped. size 3. height 170-190cM. chest 100cM. mid 1980s. Chris Costello; 75533
Royal Navy raincoat. mans size 170/92. J compton sons & Webb Ltd. mid 1980s. Chris Costello; 75534
WW1 Death Plaque commemorating Fred Pye. Likely 241204 Rifleman Fred Pye. 2nd/5th Bn South Lancashire Regiment; 77920
Headed notepaper (3 sheets) - "Buckingham Palace" embossed in red - see also item no: 5133; 5132
Envelope (1) - with crown motif embossed in red - see item no: 5132; 5133
Bank notes (6) - French (5) total 72 francs (1944) & Belgian (1) 10 francs (1948); 1/01/1944; 5244
Bank notes (2) - Norwegian 1 krona - issued by Norges bank - 1942 - notes printed in England - possibly Norwegian currency in exile; 1/01/1942; 5245

Useful Links:

How to Search the Eden Camp Digital Archive – Information on the different ways of searching the Eden Camp Digital Archive using the eHive platform.

Request Records of Deceased Service Personnel – Information from gov.uk on how to apply to the MOD for the records of deceased service personnel.

International Committee of the Red Cross – The place for information on requesting the records of WW2 prisoners of war.

Repatriated Landscapes – An excellent, up to date and well illustrated record of prisoner of war camps in the UK.

Kohima Museum – The only UK museum dedicated to the Burma Campaign.  Located in York, just 23 miles from Eden Camp. 

If you would like to donate or loan any items to our archive for preservation and/or display, please get in touch with our Archivist, Summer to make an appointment. You can see what we no longer accept by clicking here.