Discover more about what life was like in the camp by exploring the 3D model below.
The German PoWs believed that it was a primary duty to remain fit and active in order to be able to ‘serve the Fatherland’ again as soon as they were freed. Sport was popular and most of the men participated in activities on the camp sports field. Find out more about the types of sports that they played on the sports field
When the Bradford Pals started training at the camp in January 1915, they quickly personalised the sleeping huts that were to become their home with names such as ’Buckingham Palace’ and ’Hun Cottage.’ Find out more about the Bradford Pals
The old mess
The Old Mess is where the British soldiers took their meals. When the German’s arrived in 1918, part of the building was used as detention rooms for captured ‘escapers.’ (Find out more about the escape attempts made out of the camp). The other half was used as a theatre and concert hall for the many plays and musical concerts that the prisoners performed. Find out more about the cultural life of the POWs
The vegetable garden provided the kitchen with a welcome supply of potatoes, peas, cabbages etc.
The parade ground is where the British soldiers took part in practice drills. Later, in Spring 1918, the parade ground was turned over to growing potatoes as part of the national campaign to combat food shortages by turning pasture into arable land.
However, as in other locations we visited in Skipton’s surrounding area, the success of this venture failed to live up to expectations, thanks to the unrelenting English rain of 1918.
Kriegsgefangen in Skipton, p. 5