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Hut 14

This is thought to be an airfield hut from Leicestershire, though the exact date of construction is unknown. It was used as classrooms at Elmfield School, Stourbridge, from the 1960s until 2016.

World War Two saw many temporary airfields built across the country, though there were no RAF camps within the Black Country.  There were nearby bases at Bobbington, Bridgnorth, Lichfield, Hednesford and Perton.  There was also a training and maintenance facility at RAF Cosford.  The private airfield at Pendeford, Wolverhampton was also used during the war for training.  

The huts were open-plan dormitories with beds, a stove, shared wash facilities and a separate room for a senior officer. Hut 14’s title is from Elmfield School’s address on Love Lane, following the RAF example of numbering their huts.

After the war, some of the huts were converted after the war into temporary housing for refugees, others were occupied by families with no home in the Squatters Movement of 1946 and others were sold off and repurposed, including the hut from Elmfield School.

The hut is of a timber framed design, likely to be either a Gerrard or Air Ministry Type ‘A’ or ‘B’ sectional hut, or possibly an earlier design dating from World War One.  If anyone knows more about the design and dating of the hut then please contact the Collections Team: collections@bclm.com

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