I had always been interested in history and archaeology, but due to my role in the Army and later married and family life I did not have any time to pursue this more than documentaries on tv and odd day trips out.
My first contact with BGH was to partake in an archaeological dig which was local to me (East Chisenbury) and convenient to fit in with school runs amongst other things. It was a wonderful experience form digging, to cleaning and labelling finds and experimental archaeology. This really opened my eyes and fired my burgeoning interest in this field.
What was great was, that despite my current situation and mental and physical issues, I was more than catered for and activities were adapted to suit my needs (and also everyone was so welcoming).
I met like-minded individuals, mostly ex and serving military, who despite coming from different backgrounds with different life experiences, issues and injuries, all shared a common theme, an interest in archaeology, which really helped me in my recovery.
It took my mind off ongoing issues and gave me the ability to focus on something new giving me an opportunity that I never had before and as result fired my interest in archaeology, to the extent I am volunteering weekly at Wessex Archaeology, and can't wait to find the it what next BGH project is.
I will most probably be leaving the army next year, but rather than be disheartened, angry and upset, I am positive and upbeat, thanks to Breaking Ground Heritage (and others) I have found a new direction, whether that be professional or an ardent hobby.
R. Willis Army