About 18 months or so ago, the Society decided to employ an assistant to research the history of the Fovant Badges over the last century. We appointed Mr Mike Nixon. Mike had just started his MA in History at Birkbeck College, London. He was so interested in the Fovant project objectives and some of the early material uncovered that he decided to make the badges his MA project.
Due to Mike’s work we know far more about the history of the badges and Fovant WW1 Camp. Mike would freely admit that he has relied heavily on the painstaking research carried out over many years by Mick and Liz Harden and Margaret McKenzie of the Fovant History Interest Group. We have managed to accumulate a fairly extensive collection of digitised images and accounts that are freely available for research. Whilst the collection is designed for 12-16 year olds the collection will appeal to anyone interested in the badges and their history. Mike has also catalogued the various minute books and other documents of the Fovant Home Guard Old Comrades Association, and its successor the Fovant Badges Society, and these are available for research on request to the Society.
As a result of all this hard work by many people over a number of years, the following resources are available on-line for research into the badges story:
- The Fovant Badges Society Archive Catalogue – WS 37 (The Fovant Badges Archive) – PDF file
- To access the sources designed for 12-16 year olds, although we hope everyone will find them interesting, just click on the buttons below: