Talking history of Catterick

Catterick Garrison
Catterick Garrison

An innovative project to tell the story of Catterick Garrison through the eyes, ears and mouths of the people who lived and worked there has taken place this summer.

Garrison Voices is recording the history of the largest British Army base in the world through a mix of oral history recording, maps, photographs, and written documents.

The project, which is being led by North Yorkshire County Council’s County Record Office and the library service, has been awarded a grant of £26,000 by the Ministry of Defence Community Covenant Fund, which will pay for a part-time project officer.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to preserve the history of this extremely important base through the eyes of people who have actually lived and worked there,” said County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for Libraries and Information Services.

Catterick Garrison was founded by Lord Baden Powell at the beginning of the First World War.

During the Second World War, the camp was home to more than 40,000 service personnel. Today, with some 13,000 personnel, military, civilian, and their dependents, it is the biggest military garrison in Western Europe, covering 2,400 acres with a further 20,000 acres of training grounds.