RESEARCH and finds from a major archaeology project at one of the country's biggest prisoner of war camps will go on show later this month.

The ongoing Stobs Camp Project is exploring the physical remains of the camp near Hawick as well as conducting research and collecting stories from people whose families were connected with it.

The camp was utilised as a training base for soldiers at the outbreak of World War I in 1914, before becoming a holding place for prisoners of war.

Archaeology Scotland's development manager, Dianne Swift, is encouraging anyone with an interest in local history to attend the open day.

She said: “We are really excited about the open day.

"It's a perfect opportunity for the community to come and chat to project volunteers and staff, to share their own stories and to get involved in future activity."

At the open day in Hawick Lesser Town Hall there will be an opportunity to see some of the on-going genealogical research being undertaken by volunteers at the Borders Family History Society.

Other project volunteers will be on hand to discuss the current search for huts moved from the camp in the early 1920s and late 1950s.

Officials from the Saving and Sharing Project, based at the Heritage Hub, will also illustrate the work they have been doing to commemorate the First World War across the Scottish Borders.

Andrew Jepson, Archaeology Scotland's Stobs Camp project officer, has praised the input from the dozens of volunteers who have helped so far.

He said: “Our volunteers are invaluable.

"They have been helping out on a range of different tasks including fieldwork, surveying, finds processing and desk-based research.”

"Artefacts will be on show from recent fieldwork undertaken at Stobs and local collectors will showcase their photographs, memorabilia and ephemera.

“There will also be an opportunity to understand how metal-detecting works and to speak to costumed re-enactors from the living history group Scots in the Great War.

“We are really looking forward to hearing about people’s memories of Stobs Camp over a cup of tea. Everyone is welcome!”

The Stobs Camp Project open day at Hawick's Lesser Town Hall is on Sunday, October 29 from 10am to 4pm.